Shredding: awesome technique for making coleslaw. As a technique for winning patent litigation? Not so much.
A Delaware Judge ruled (.pdf) today that Rambus can't enforce 12 patents against Micron Technology because Rambus had destroyed documents leading up to the patent case. "The very integrity of the litigation process has been impugned," wrote Judge Sue Robinson.
"This opinion is highly inconsistent with the findings of the Court in the Northern District of California which looked at the same conduct and found there was nothing improper with our document retention practices," countered Rambus GC Tom Lavelle in a company press release.
If this sounds incredibly familiar, it's because it is! Last spring, the
Los Gatos Los Altos company persuaded the the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to toss out a similar order from a Virginia judge that made findings about alleged "shred parties" at the company. Rambus has a bunch of computer memory patents and has been in a decade-long patent litigation war with memory-chip makers like Micron. The company's shares plunged 40 percent on the news.
- Zusha Elinson