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Rambus v FTC (DC Circuit decision)

Rambus v FTC (DC Circuit decision)

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United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT
 
Argued February 14, 2008 Decided April 22, 2008No. 07-1086R
AMBUS
I
NCORPORATED
,
 
P
ETITIONER
 v.F
EDERAL
T
RADE
C
OMMISSION
,R
ESPONDENT
 Consolidated with07-1124On Petitions for Review of Final Orders of theFederal Trade Commission
 A. Douglas Melamed 
argued the cause for petitioner.With him on the briefs were
Paul R. Wolfson
,
Sambhav N.Sanikar 
,
 Andrew J. Ewalt 
, and
Pratik A. Shah
.
 S. M. Oliva
, appearing pro se, was on the brief for amicuscuriae S. M. Oliva in support of petitioner.
 John F. Daly
, Deputy General Counsel for Litigation,Federal Trade Commission, argued the cause for respondent.With him on the briefs were
 John D. Graubert 
, Principal
 
 2Deputy General Counsel,
William E. Cohen
, Deputy GeneralCounsel for Policy Studies, and
 Leslie R. Melman
,
 Imad D. Abyad 
,
 Richard B. Dagen
, and
Patrick J. Roach
, Attorneys.
 Jennifer L. Pratt 
, Assistant Attorney General, AttorneyGeneral’s Office of the State of Ohio, was on the brief foramici curiae State of Ohio, et al. in support of respondent.With her on the brief were
 Marc Dann
, Attorney General,
Talis J. Colberg
, Attorney General, Attorney General’s Officeof the State of Alaska,
Terry Goddard 
, Attorney General,Attorney General’s Office of the State of Arizona,
 Dustin McDaniel
, Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of theState of Arkansas,
 John W. Suthers
, Attorney General,Attorney General’s Office of the State of Colorado,
 LindaSinger 
, Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of theDistrict of Columbia,
Bill McCollum
, Attorney General,Attorney General’s Office of the State of Florida,
 Mark  Bennett 
, Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of theState of Hawaii,
 Lawrence G. Wasden
, Attorney General,Attorney General’s Office of the State of Idaho,
 Lisa Madigan
, Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of theState of Illinois,
Thomas J. Miller 
, Attorney General, AttorneyGeneral’s Office of the State of Iowa,
Paul J. Morrison
,Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of the State of Kansas,
Charles C. Foti, Jr.
, Attorney General, AttorneyGeneral’s Office of the State of Louisiana,
G. Steven Rowe
,Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of the State of Maine,
 Douglas F. Gansler 
, Attorney General, AttorneyGeneral’s Office of the State of Maryland,
 Martha Coakley
,Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of theCommonwealth of Massachusetts,
 Michael A. Cox
, AttorneyGeneral, Attorney General’s Office of the State of Michigan,
 Lori Swanson
, Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of the State of Minnesota,
 Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
,
 
AttorneyGeneral, Attorney General’s Office of the State of Missouri,
Catherine Cortez Masto
, Attorney General, Attorney
 
 3General’s Office of the State of Nevada,
 Anne Milgram
,Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of the State of New Jersey,
Gary King
, Attorney General, Attorney General’sOffice of the State of New Mexico,
 Andrew M. Cuomo
,Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of the State of New York,
W.A. Drew Edmondson
, Attorney General,Attorney General’s Office of the State of Oklahoma,
 Hardy Myers
, Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of theState of Oregon,
 Roberto J. Sánchez Ramos
, AttorneyGeneral, Attorney General’s Office of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,
 Lawrence E. Long
, Attorney General, AttorneyGeneral’s Office of the State of South Dakota,
 Mark L.Shurtleff 
, Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of theState of Utah,
William H. Sorrell
, Attorney General, AttorneyGeneral’s Office of the State of Vermont,
Robert M. McKenna
, Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of theState of Washington,
Darrell V. McGraw, Jr.
, AttorneyGeneral, Attorney General’s Office of the State of WestVirginia, and
 Arthur Ripley, Jr.
, Attorney General, AttorneyGeneral’s Office of the American Samoa Government.
 Bennett Rushkoff 
, Assistant Attorney General, AttorneyGeneral’s Office of the District of Columbia, entered anappearance.Before: H
ENDERSON
and R
ANDOLPH
,
Circuit Judges
, andW
ILLIAMS
,
Senior Circuit Judge
.Opinion for the Court filed by
Senior Circuit Judge
 W
ILLIAMS
.W
ILLIAMS
,
Senior Circuit Judge
: Rambus Inc. developscomputer memory technologies, secures intellectual propertyrights over them, and then licenses them to manufacturers inexchange for royalty payments. In 1990, Rambus’s foundersfiled a patent application claiming the invention of a fasterarchitecture for dynamic random access memory (“DRAM”).

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