For John Danforth, senior vice president and general counsel at Rambus Inc., a federal jury’s $306.9 million verdict Monday against rival chip manufacturer Hynix Semiconductor Inc. conveyed a simple message: delaying settlement “doesn’t get you a better deal.”

The verdict sets the stage for future patent infringement cases Rambus has pending against Samsung, Micron Technology Inc. and Nanya Technology Inc. And although the dollar amount is less than half of the $868 million Rambus had been seeking, the company’s legal team is calling it a huge victory.

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