SK Hynix: US Court Imposes Sanctions on Rambus in Patent Dispute
09/23/2012| 12:00am US/Eastern
By Kyong-Ae Choi
SEOUL--SK Hynix Inc. (>> SK Hynix Inc), the world's second-largest memory-chip maker by sales, said Sunday a U.S court imposed sanctions against Rambus Inc. (>> Rambus Inc.) in a patent dispute on dynamic random access memory chips that started in August 2000.
A Californian court reversed its existing stance and said that Rambus illegally destroyed evidence regarding the patent-infringement case.
The court's decision suggests that SK Hynix would likely pay a lower compensation to the U.S. company than the $397 million ordered by the court in March 2009.
The state's northern district court has ordered the two companies to submit proposals on "reasonable and non-discriminatory" royalties that SK Hynix should pay to Rambus by the end of October, the South Korean company said in a statement.
"We expect to pay less royalty to Rambus as the reasonable and non-discriminatory level will be decided based on the royalty terms paid to Rambus by Infineon Technologies, Elpida Memory and Samsung Electronics," said the statement.
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