A patent infringement case between Rambus Inc. and SK Hynix took another turn earlier this month when a federal judge in San Jose, California, levied a huge sanction against Rambus. The fine of $250 million was for destroying documentation dealing with the company's current lawsuit against Hynix.
The initial case was filed by Rambus in 2006 and resulted in an award of $349 million against Hynix for infringing on Rambus' patents. The fine against Rambus is meant to be used a "credit" towards the $349 million judgment, but Hynix's attorneys do not believe the sanction was high enough. Hynix also asked for a new trial, but the judge denied that request. Hynix now plans to appeal the judge's ruling. The U.S. Court of Appeals has already heard an appeal by Hynix to throw out the $349 million verdict for patent infringement. The lower court's verdict was upheld.