The patent crazy was probably sipping sparkling wine last night after a California state judge sided with it and ruled that jurors in an ongoing antitrust suit would not be told that the company had apparently shredded evidence in relation to its patent complaint against the pair.
Last week it was reported that an American appeals court had been asked by Hynix and Micron to revisit recent patent rulings involving documents relating to two patent infringement lawsuits filed by Rambus, after it was claimed that it had shredded hundreds of boxes of documents.
The documents related to the case between Rambus and Hynix Semiconductor and Micron with the IP firm accusing the pair of boycotting its RDRAM memory technology. In the lawsuit it claims that Micron and Hynix improperly colluded to restrict production and raise the price of Rambus chips.
To make up for the heartache, Rambus wants $4.3 billion from these companies but the damages would be automatically tripled to $12.9 billion under California law if Rambus wins the case.
However, the gods must have been on Rambus’s side yesterday with superior Court Judge James McBride in San Francisco rejecting the request. His reasoning behind this was that
although Rambus’s document destruction was “not dead” in the trial it was also “not enshrined.”
He said that in order to make this part of the case the defendants would have to pass “a test of evidence.”
Micron however isn’t backing down, claiming that it still believes that the fact that Rambus had been found to have wrongfully destroyed documents and engaged in spoliation by a federal appeals court showed “Rambus’s bad faith and lack of fair dealing”.