Standard-Setting Groups

In August, the Federal Trade Commission ruled that Rambus Inc. had unlawfully monopolized the markets for various computer technologies because it had deceived other members of a standard-setting body about its patents and its intentions to enforce them after particular standards had been adopted. The FTC found that Rambus, by silence and misdirection, had exploited the members' expectations of "fair dealing," which included an obligation by participants in the process to disclose patents relevant to the proposed standards and provide assurances that they would be licensed on reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) terms.

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