June 28, 2001

Rambus: A hot stock's dirty secret

Author: JT Smith

Fortune Magazine has a lengthy piece on the trials and tribulations of Rambus, the memory chip-maker who sued everyone in sight for violating its patents, and was soundly trounced in more than one courtroom: "Though Rambus declined interview requests (and
would answer only a handful of questions via e-mail), a review of 3,000 pages of
transcripts and exhibits from the trial shows that the company plotted to gather
patents on standardized technology for years, even as it participated in a standards
committee that requires companies to disclose their patents. It's no surprise, then,
that Rambus stock has plummeted more than 90% from its June 2000 peak."

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