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Rambus EU Settlement Appears Near

Nov 25, 2009, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"The story goes on to state that the regulators are expected to announce next Wednesday that they will accept without change the terms offered last June by Rambus. If this is confirmed, Rambus will agree to cap its royalties at 1.5 percent to 2.65 percent per unit for identified types of SDR memory controllers and memory types for five years, beginning in 2010.

"If the settlement is announced as anticipated, U.S. regulators may wonder whether their brethren across the pond are better poker players than they are.

"In fairness to the attorneys at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the regulatory body that led the effort in the U.S., it is not really possible to make direct comparisons between prosecutions in different jurisdictions. As I noted in an earlier post when Rambus offered its settlement terms, the antitrust laws, prosecutorial powers, and political background all vary from one situation to the other.

"As I've reported over the years, the FTC vigorously pursued Rambus, alternately winning and losing - but never settling. The FTC's luck ran out when Rambus won the final round in the federal court system shy of the court of last appeal - and the Supreme Court declined to take the case."

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