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Computer-circuit maker Rambus Inc. settled a patent infringement lawsuit it filed in Delaware against Japan’s Hitachi Ltd. over memory chips used in personal computers. Rambus, a developer of high-speed computer chips, sued Hitachi in federal court in Wilmington in January, accusing Japan’s top electronics maker of infringing on Rambus’ patented designs for random-access memory chips. Under the settlement, Hitachi agreed to make an undisclosed payment to Rambus to resolve the suit along with quarterly royalty payments for using Rambus’ chip designs. The suit contended that Tokyo-based Hitachi, Japan’s third-largest chipmaker, hurt Rambus financially by making and selling chips that incorporate its patented inventions. Chip designer Rambus gets fees from memory chipmakers when they sell products that use its technology. Hitachi is the latest chipmaker to agree to pay Mountain View, Calif.-based Rambus royalties for its designs. Last month, Toshiba Corp. announced a similar agreement with Rambus to resolve a patent suit over the chips filed in Delaware. Rambus was represented in the latest patent settlement by Mary B. Graham of Wilmington’s Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell and David E. Monahan, Alexander H. Rogers, Sean C. Cunningham and John M. Guaragna of San Francisco’s Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. The case was Rambus Inc. v. Hitachi Ltd., et. al, No. 00-029.

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