The EU Commission renders legally binding commitments offered by U.S. software undertaking to lower memory chip royalty rates (Rambus)

"Patent ambush in standard-setting: the Commission accepts commitments from Rambus to lower memory chip royalty rates"*I. Introduction Standardisation involves competitors sitting around a table agreeing technical developments for their industry. Normally, antitrust rules do not allow competitors to jointly decide on market conditions. However, the European Commission recognises the general benefits that standardisation brings, and so standard-setting is acceptable under antitrust rules, provided this takes place under strict conditions of openness and transparency. This is essential in order to avoid standards being abused by commercial interests. The Commission had concerns that this may have happened in the Rambus patent ambush case. On 9 December 2009, the Commission adopted a

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  • European Commission - DG TRADE (Brussels)
  • European Parliament (Luxembourg)

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Ruben Schellingerhout, Piero Cavicchi, The EU Commission renders legally binding commitments offered by U.S. software undertaking to lower memory chip royalty rates (Rambus), 9 December 2009, e-Competitions December 2009, Art. N° 35010

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