Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Dec 2010 22:51 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal "Rambus, a designer of memory and interface technologies, on Wednesday accused a list of companies of patent infringements again. The company accused the defendants of illegal usage of memory-related intellectual property and said that the semiconductor companies infringe its rights by implementing a number of widely used industrial standards. The tech designer demands ITC to stop importation of chips that infringe its patents and products on their base."
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by yoshi314@gmail.com on Fri 3rd Dec 2010 08:37 UTC
yoshi314@gmail.com
Member since:
2009-12-14

"said that the semiconductor companies infringe its rights by implementing a number of widely used industrial standards"

is it just me, or doesn't that contradict itself?

if something is a widely used standard, how can it infringe on copyrights by just being implemented?

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vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

if something is a widely used standard, how can it infringe on copyrights by just being implemented?

That question would hold if "a widely used standard" was equivalent to "an open royalty-free and patent-free specification". But I can't say whether it is or not. Someone who has that knowledge will answer.

Although not an identical situation, CDs are still widely used but they have been invented by companies that have (had?) patents on the technologies involved. Widely used, standard, yet patented and all manufacturers have (had?) to pay royalties... I guess. Someone else will confirm or refute the example.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

They do not infringe on copyrights but on hardware patents. There are many standards in this world which are encumbered by either software or hardware patents - or both.

Software patents are non-issue for me since I'm living in Denmark, but hardware patents do apply. Considering the effect on the market if Rambus prevails I'm guessing the court will be quite lenient towards the accused companies.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

you'd think so but that's because we are not insane, money-grubbing assholes "working" for Rambus.

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