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Msg  519017 of 781047  at  5/21/2010 1:28:31 PM  by

longram7yrs


RAMBUS TIMELINE

Rambus Timeline
Revised 5/21/10
Red date = Next 4-6 weeks
Boxed date = In court
Highlight = New / revised entry
Blue = Recent events
Case is Stayed

                                Status of Rambus licensing Elpida (Toshiba), Panasonic, Renesas
                                Status of Rambus licensing with new EU rates --- i.e. Nokia, Qualcom, etc.
                                Status of Rambus response to Rambus” IP in Qualcom LPDDR2
                                Status of Rambus MOU with Samsung to deliver graphics & mobile memory solutions
                                Status of Rambus licensing LED backlighting patents – i.e. “Microlens Technology” patents
                                Status of Rambus goal of $500 million in revenues ‘in the near future (by 2011-2012?)

6/12/09
                  EU & Rambus agree to maximum royalty rates for 5 years; does not include past damages, DDR4, GDDR5
12/09/09                                EU official and final decision after comments received on 7/11/09

Anytime                  Status of - (USPTO) Patent re-exams                                
                                NOTE:   Pats. 105 & 918 infringed by the cartel cannot be challenged
                                                Pat. 6,034,918 (final); Expires 4/2010; Claims 24 + 33 CONFIRMED
                                                Pat. 6,038,195 (final); Expires 4/2010; ALL CLAIMS CONFIRMED
                                                Pat. 6,260,097 (non-final); Expires 4/2010; Claims 9,18,19,24,25,27,and 31 CONFIRMED
                                                                           Claims 1-8, 10-17, 20-23, 26,28-30,32-35 REJECTED
                                                                ---is in Judge Illston’s Nvidia trial (controllers)
                                                Pat. 6,324,120; expires 4/2010; Claim 33 CONFIRMED
                                                                ---is in both Hynix I & DDR2 trials (HJW granted SJ)
   
                                                Pat. 6,452,863; Expires 4/2010; Claims 29-35 CONFIRMED; 1-28 REJECTED
                                                                ---is in DDR2 trial
                                                Pat. 6,470,405 (final); Expires 2015; Claims 1-37 CONFIRMED
                                                                ---is in ITC vs. Nvidia (Judge Essex also confirmed 11,12,13,15,18)                                      
                                                Pat. 6,546,446 (non-final); Expires 4/2010; Claims 1-4 CONFIRMED
                                                                ---is in DDR2 trial                               
                                                Pat. 6,584,037 (final); Expires 4/2010; Claim 34 CONFIRMED (claim 1 not contested)
                                                                ---is in DDR2 trial & covers DDR2 DDR3 gDDR2 GDDR3 GDDR4 and GDDR5
                                                Pat. 6,591,353 (final); Expires 2015  Claims 2-4,6,8-10,12,13,15-18,20-22,24-26 CONFIRMED
                                                                           Claims 1,5,7,11,14,19,23 REJECTED
                                                                ---is in ITC vs. Nvidia (Judge Essex also confirmed 11,12,13)
                                                Pat. 6,697,295; Expires 4/2010  Claims 1-30,32,33,35-37,41,42,44, 45 CONFIRMED
                                                                ---is in ITC vs. Nvidia (Judge Essex also confirmed) 11,12,13,15,18
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                                CAFC -  Wash. D.C. Doc. 2009-1263RAMBUS -  MICRON Robinson Spoliation Decision
                                                                                          
= Hon. Judges Michel, Linn, Mayer
7/02/09                  Rambus files initial brief
8/28/09                  Micron files initial reply
10/14/09                Rambus response to Micron – Gray 1 brief

                               
NOTE: Robinson appeal (#1263) is a companion case to Hynix appeal (#1299) + Rambus (#1347)

                                                The 3 cases will be argued consecutively before the same appeal panel

                 
May–Oct ‘10 est.  Ruling 2-6 months after the oral arguments (Atty. Stone of Rambus estimated August 2010)
                                                Judge Michel is retiring on May 31 so the decision should be out before then?
                                                Will the CAFC uphold, remand or transfer the case to HJW in California?
Ruling +14 days  Micron files for EN BANC review – Micron has 14 days from the decision to file
????                       Ruling – on EN BANC review
????                       Micron files for Supreme Court review
????                       Ruling – on Supreme Court review

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                                CAFC -  Wash. D.C. Doc. 2009-1299HYNIX / Spoliation / Infringement / Conduct Appeal
                                                                               
2009-1347 – RAMBUS / Injunction / Korea Lien Appeal
                                                                                         = Hon. Judges Michel, Linn, Mayer
9/30/09                  Hynix files initial appeal brief
12/07/09                Rambus files initial reply
2/16/10                  Hynix files reply


                                NOTE: Both Hynix and Rambus are appealing
                                                Robinson appeal (#1263) is a companion case to Hynix appeal (#1299) + Rambus (#1347)

                                                The 3 cases will be argued consecutively before the same appeal panel


May–Oct ‘10 est.  Ruling 2-6 months after the oral arguments (Atty. Stone of Rambus estimated August 2010)
                                                Judge Michel is retiring on May 31 so the decision should be out before then?
Ruling +14 days  Hynix files for EN BANC review – Hynix has 14 days from the decision to file
????                       Ruling – on EN BANC review
????                       Hynix files for Supreme Court review
????                       Ruling – on Supreme Court review

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                                Int’l Trade Comm. -  Washington D.C. – Inv. # 337TA661 – Nvidia infringement
                                                                  
DDR2, DDR3, GDDR3 memory Controllers
                                                                           HJE
= Hon. Judge Theodore Essex

1/22/10                  HJE Final Initial Determination – Nvidia INFRINGES memory controller patents & they are VALID:

                                                Barth I: 6,470,405; Claims 11-13, 15, 18…expires Oct. 2015
                                                Barth I: 6,591,353; Claims 11-13…expires Oct. 2015
                                                Barth I: 7,287,109; Claims 12, 45, 12, 13, 20, 21, 24…expires Oct. 2015
1/22/10                  HJE Final Initial Determination – Nvidia infringes controller patents but they are INVALID:
                                               
HJE ruled these patents were invalid as anticipated or obvious:
                                                Ware (Flexphase): 7,177,998; Claims 7,13,21,28,22…expires Apr.. 2021

                                                Ware (Flexphase): 7,210,016; Claims 7,13, 21, 22…expires Apr.. 2021
1/22/10                  HJE Ruled NO SPOLIATION for the Barth / Ware patents; full commission will not review it
3/25/10
                Ruling – Commission will review validity (due to obviousness) of Barth & Ware patents
                                                                They will not review infringement.  They will not extend the target date


5/24/10                  Target date –  ITC decides injunction or other remedy (forward looking only)
                                                FINAL Ruling – Validity of Barth & Ware if valid:
                                               
Will exclusion order to block Nvidia imports be included? General or limited exclusion?
                                                What is the amount of the bond needed for pres. Review? =100% of the accused product?
7/24/10 est.           Cut-off – Presidential (U.S. Trade Representative)  review of the full commission decision(s)
????                       Cut-off – Nvidia / Rambus appeal to the CAFC
????                       Cut-off – Nvidia / Rambus file initial replies
????                       Cut-off – Nvidia / Rambus file final responses
????                       Deadline for Joint appendix
???? est.              Hearing – Oral arguments
????                       Ruling CAFC 2-6 months after the oral arguments
????                       Nvidia files for EN BANC review
????                       Ruling – on EN BANC review
????                       Nvidia files for Supreme Court review
????                       Ruling – on Supreme Court review
 
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                                 San Francisco - SCCA –  Price Fixing & Group Boycott Trial vs. Micron, Hynix
                                                   HJK = Hon. Judge Richard Kramer / Judge Lynch Special Master

10/29/09                HJK ruled to exclude Samsung’s atty. (conflict of interest, Atty. Factor of Shearman & Stirling)

10/30/09               
                HJK dismissed  Micron’s x-complaint for damages – Rambus’ 2nd  + 3rd cause of action
                                                2.  Violation of Ca. 17200 business code – unfair business practices
                                                3.  Intentional interference with prospective economic advantage
1/04/10                 HJK ruled
Statute of limitations tolling for fraudulent concealment – no damages before
1/20/10                  Samsung settles with Rambus $900 million: $ 100 mil/yr. (max. $160 mil. & minimum $40 mil)
1/21/10                  HJK granted Micron’s motion for 2 month continuance due to Atty. Price’s illness
5/07/10                  HJK ruled Samsung settlement removed from trial – only redacted Sam agreement in the trial

5/07/10                 HJK ruled Samsung DOJ guilty plea / DOJ settlement) is in the trial
5/07/10                 HJK ruled the Hynix DOJ plea is in the trial

5/07/10                 HJK ruled the Rambus atty – client pierced docs are in the trial

???                        Will Rambus file an appeal to CCA wrt. re-sealing of Rambus confidential documents = 3 mos.
Anytime                 Ruling - “Who should decide SOL on tolling / settlement credit – Kramer or jury? TENTATIVE = HJK
Anytime                 Ruling on that credit would be decided pre-trial or post trial
6/03/10                  Hearing – 10:30 am - CMC
6/11/10                 
Cut-off – Case management statements due
6/22/10                  Hearing – 3:30 pm; CMC – Piercing of Rambus privileged docs.
6/24/10                  Hearing – ALL DAY
Jul-Oct ‘10 est.    Trial begins – 3x damages MANDATORY ($4.382 billion x 3 = $13.146 billion) – 6-8 wk trial
????? est.            Trial ends – (may go longer;10-12 weeks) as the MM’s say they need 5-6 weeks each
?????                    Trial begins – Damages portion of trial
?????                    Trial ends – Damages determination

Anytime                  Ruling – Micron’s application to limit their damages (single vs. treble) via DOJ agreement
????                       Cut-off – Hynix / Micron / Rambus appeal to the CAFC
????                       Cut-off – Hynix / Micron / Rambus file initial replies
????                       Cut-off – Hynix / Micron / Rambus file final responses
????                       Deadline for Joint appendix
???? est.              Hearing – Oral arguments
????                       Ruling CAFC 2-6 months after the oral arguments
????                       Hynix / Micron file for EN BANC review
????                       Ruling – on EN BANC review
????                       Hynix / Micron file for Supreme Court review
????                       Ruling – on Supreme Court review
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                         NDCA - Case #s 5-00334, 5-02298, 6-00244 “05-06” Infringement DDR3, 4, GDDR2, 3, 4
                         vs. Micron, Hynix, Nanya   HJW – Hon. Judge Ronald Whyte / Judge Ambler Special master
                                           TEMPORARY
STAY until CAFC Rules on ROBINSON SPOLIATION

                                NOTE: Claim 33 of pat. 6,324,120 confirmed by USPTO & HJW granted Summary Judgment


May–
Oct ‘10 est.  Ruling 2-6 months after the oral arguments (Atty. Stone of Rambus estimated August 2010)
                                                Judge Michel is retiring on May 31 so the decision should be out before then?
Anytime
                 Ruling - Rambus requested a date for the stayed cases (Rambus target Oct-Nov 2010)
                                                Rambus wants a court date Aug. 23rd or sooner
6/04/10                  Hearing – 2:00 pm CMC: Rambus wants lien on Hynix building re-evaluated

Oct. 2010 est.       Trial date estimate  for DDR2 infringement  
????                       Cut-off – Hynix / Micron / Rambus appeal to the CAFC
????                       Cut-off – Hynix / Micron / Rambus file initial replies
????                       Cut-off – Hynix / Micron / Rambus file final responses
????                       Deadline for Joint appendix
???? est.              Hearing – Oral arguments
????                       Ruling CAFC 2-6 months after the oral arguments
????                       Hynix / Micron file for EN BANC review
????                       Ruling – on EN BANC review
????                       Hynix / Micron file for Supreme Court review
????                       Ruling – on Supreme Court review

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                                Delaware - Micron Spoliation Trial - HJR = Hon. Judge Sue Robinson 
                                CASE ON APPEAL To CAFC (see CAFC above) TEMPORARY STAY until CAFC RULES

1/9/09                     Ruling – Robinson rules Rambus spoliated docs. - 12 patents unenforceable vs. Micron

May–Oct ‘10 est.  Ruling 2-6 months after the oral arguments (Atty. Stone of Rambus estimated August 2010)
                                                Judge Michel is retiring on May 31 so the decision should be out before then?
               
.               Ruling 2-6 months after the oral arguments (Atty. Stone of Rambus estimated August 2010)
                                                Judge Michel is retiring on May 31 so the decision should be out before then?

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                                NDCA CV 08-003343SI    Rambus vs.  Nvidia infringement  SDR, DDR, DDR2,3 GDDR, GDDR3       
               
                                   Hon. Judge Susan Illston = HJI Judge Edward Infante = HEI Special Master
                                                               
TEMPORARY STAY until CAFC Rules on ROBINSON SPOLIATION

NOTE:                    If Nvidia takes a forward license based on the EU rates, GDDR5 is not covered
                                and this opens the door for Willful Infringement on damages

May–
Oct ‘10 est.  Ruling 2-6 months after the oral arguments (Atty. Stone of Rambus estimated August 2010)
                                                Judge Michel is retiring on May 31 so the decision should be out before then?
6/18/10
                  Hearing – 3:00 pm; CMC re: ITC decision that Nvidia infringes Rambus’ patents
????                       Ruling – Set a trial date or wait for the PTO?
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                                NDCA case nos. C-05-00334 and 05-02298– Samsung Conduct trial
                                   HJW = Hon. Judge Ronald Whyte / Judge Lynch Special Master                                     

7/18/08                  HJW grants Rambus SJ on counts IV-VII of Samsungs counterclaims wrt Steinberg

4/27/09                  HJW ruled Samsung gets Infineon rate for last quarter of 2005; DDR2 etc. are not covered
1/20/09                  Samsung settles with Rambus
                                CASE COMPLETE

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                                                            EVENTS CALENDAR

http://www.rambus.com/us/news/events/index.html


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Disclaimer (IV Message Board member - LongRam7yrs) --- This is not an invitation to invest in Rambus. It is intended only to inform the members of this message board. Please do your own due diligence before investing or making investing decisions. The information here may contain errors.  Dates may change, so investing based on the dates here is gambling at best. I am not a lawyer or engineer nor do I have any experience in the semiconductor industry.  I am a private investor and have no affiliation with Rambus.  I have been invested in Rambus since 1999
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