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In the Matter of Certain Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory Devices and Modules and Products Containing Same; Notice of Decision to Terminate the Investigation Based on Withdrawal of the Complaint

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International Trade Commission.




Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to terminate the above-captioned investigation based on withdrawal of the complaint by complainant Rambus Inc. The Commission vacated the presiding administrative law judge's (ALJ's) initial determination (ID) with respect to all other issues. (Commissioners Bragg and Askey dissenting with respect to the ID's condition on termination.)

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Tim Yaworski, Esq., Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-3096. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD Terminal on 202-205-1810. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server (

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The Commission instituted this investigation on October 5, 2000, based on a complaint filed by Rambus Inc. of Mountain View, California. The complaint alleged a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 19 U.S.C. 1337, based on infringement of claims of three U.S. patents (U.S. Letters Patent 6,038,195, U.S. Letters Patent 5,953,263, and U.S. Letters Patent 6,034,918) owned by complainant. The respondents named in the investigation were Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd. of Korea and Hyundai Electronics America of San Jose, California (collectively “Hyundai”). The investigation was assigned to Administrative Law Judge Sidney Harris. 65 FR 60684. On October 6, 2000, complainant Rambus moved to withdraw its complaint and terminate the investigation. Rambus' motion was responded to by Hyundai and the Commission investigative attorney (“IA”). On November 8, 2000, the ALJ issued an ID terminating the investigation based on Rambus' withdrawal of its complaint, but with the condition that, if the Commission institutes a subsequent investigation based on a complaint filed by Rambus involving one or more of the same patents, then such investigation should be assigned to the same ALJ, unless exceptional circumstances require assignment to another ALJ. The ALJ found that Rambus had engaged in impermissible judge shopping. Rambus and the IA petitioned for review of the ID. On December 11, 2000, the Commission determined to review the ID.

This action is taken under the authority of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 19 U.S.C. 1337, and section 210.45(c) of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.45(c).

Copies of the Commission's Order, the ID, and all other nonconfidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for Start Printed Page 809inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone 202-205-2000. Copies of these documents may also be downloaded from the Commission's Internet server at

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Issued: December 26, 2000.

By order of the Commission.

Donna R. Koehnke,


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[FR Doc. 01-233 Filed 1-3-01; 8:45 am]