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Resource ID: #18317
Subject: Business
Source: Fortune
Affiliation: 
Date: 9-Jul

Description

Fortune looks at the failure of Rambus, a technology design company to utilize completely its position as a holder of computer technology patents. The story follows the growth of Rambus from a tiny company, in 1992, to corporation demanding royalties on technology that represents 80% of the $32 billion market for chips, in 1999. The article describes how Rambus has been laid low, after a jury found out it has plotted to gather patents on standardized technology instead of disclosing them. "Rambus' problems have come not from the passing of an economic bubble but from its embrace of two age-old sins: duplicity and greed," Fortune reports.

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