Judge to spank Rambus in patent suit for destroying evidence

A judge's tentative indication on Friday that he may grant summary judgment in favor of Micron could effectively curtail Rambus' US legal efforts against the memory maker. On January 9, Delaware federal Judge Sue Robinson threw out Rambus' claims of patent infringement against Micron and declared the patents unenforceable on the grounds that Rambus destroyed evidence pertinent to the case.

As you might imagine, various other defendents including Nanya, Hynix, and Samsung leapt on the decision. All three companies requested that San Jose Judge Ronald Whyte dismiss Rambus' case(s) against them for the same reason, arguing that spoilation was spoilation and that whatever evidence Rambus destroyed was equally pertinent to their own cases.

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