Rambus, Hynix End California Antitrust Lawsuit Under Appeal

Rambus Inc. (RMBS) and SK Hynix Inc. (000660), which in June settled their patent litigation, ended a separate antitrust fight in California state court where Rambus was appealing a jury verdict it lost.

An order dismissing the appeal was posted today on the website of the California Court of Appeals in San Francisco. A request for voluntary dismissal had been filed July 3.

Rambus last year appealed its loss of a $3.95 billion trial over its allegation that Micron Technology Inc. and SK Hynix conspired to prevent its memory chips from becoming an industry standard. A jury in San Francisco rejected Rambus’s claims that Micron and SK Hynix were liable for colluding to manipulate prices of dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, chips.

Ken Nissly, a lawyer representing SK Hynix, said in a phone interview today that the settlement of the antitrust case is part of the June accord between the companies to end a years-long patent dispute and license Rambus techonology to the Icheon, South Korea-based memory-chip maker.

Carolyn Robinson, a spokeswoman for Sunnyvale, California-based Rambus, didn’t immediately respond to a call for comment on the voluntary dismissal.

The appeal against Boise, Idaho-based Micron is pending.

The case is Rambus Inc. v. Micron Technology Inc. (MU), A135150, California Court of Appeals, 1st Appellate District (San Francisco).

To contact the reporter on this story: Edvard Pettersson in the Los Angeles federal courthouse at +1- epettersson@bloomberg.net

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