San Jose, California–Oct. 20, 2000–An amended complaint recently filed by Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd. and Hyundai Electronics America in their pending action against Rambus Inc. alleges that Rambus engaged in anticompetitive, exclusionary, and unfair conduct by manipulating the standards-setting process of JEDEC, a semiconductor industry association that developed industry-wide technical standards for DRAMs while Rambus was a member. Hyundai claims that Rambus violated JEDEC rules requiring members to disclose patent rights relevant to standards under consideration by the organization.
Hyundai is seeking treble damages and injunctive relief for violation of the antitrust laws, as well as a court order stating that certain Rambus patents are invalid, unenforceable, and not infringed by any Hyundai products. The company originally filed the lawsuit on August 29, 2000 in response to an assertion of infringement by Rambus and a demand that Hyundai accept and pay royalties for a license under the Rambus patents. In the amended complaint, Hyundai ELectronics U.K., Ltd. and Hyundai Electronics Deutschland GmbH have joined the action as co-plaintiffs.