PATENT LITIGATOR Rambus destroyed records that might have been used as evidence against it in a lawsuit against DRAM manufacturer Hynix, a court has ruled.
Judge Ronald Whyte of the US District Court of the Northern District of California ruled that Rambus destroyed records that could have been used in the lawsuit between Rambus and Hynix. According to Hynix, Judge Whyte's ruling could limit any royalties it might have to pay Rambus for infringing its patents.
Despite Judge Whyte's ruling, he said Rambus' patents are still valid and that the firm could collect royalties. However he said in his ruling that the destruction of evidence, "should preclude [Rambus] from entitlement to a royalty that places Hynix at a competitive disadvantage".
Previously Judge Whyte had ordered Hynix to pay Rambus close to $400m for infringing its DRAM patents. However both firms have now been ordered to submit briefs to the court stating what they believe are reasonable royalty rates for the patents.
Rambus is well known for its litigious nature and holds a number of patents that generate royalties from most DRAM manufacturers. The fact that Judge Whyte has ruled that Rambus destroyed evidence might add to the anger and disdain that many in the industry harbour against Rambus. µ