Rambus, Hynix End California Antitrust Lawsuit Under Appeal

Rambus Inc. and SK Hynix Inc., 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., A135150, California Court of Appeals, 1st Appellate District (San Francisco).

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