A recent iRunway report on the semiconductor memory landscape ranked Rambus in the fourth position of the top ten seminal patent holders in DRAM technology.
“In order to determine which patents are seminal iRunway analyzed 63,000 granted patents out of the more than 80,000 IP assets in the sector,” writes Richard Lloyd of iam-Magazine. “It is notable that a number of companies that have very strong licensing businesses, such as Qualcomm and Rambus (both of which have, ludicrously, been described as trolls in the past), feature among the top owners of seminal patents.”
According to Lloyd, iRunway defines seminal patents as “a set of strong, significant and high-value patents determined through ranking of the landscape across a number of objective parameters.” More specifically, the top 5,000 patents from the analysis constitute the seminal set.
The report also confirmed that: “As larger memory players look to achieve greater efficiencies through consolidation and partnerships, companies with high value innovations will be most sought after not only for their technologies but also for their prized IP portfolios, keeping competitors at bay.”
Commenting on the iRunaway report, Rambus VP of IP Strategy Stefan Tamme stated: “For almost 25 years, we have invested large amounts of R&D resources into developing innovative memory architectures and partnering with various IC companies to take those to market. The adoption of our patented inventions across various industry standards has fueled our successful licensing business so it is great to see this study confirming the seminal nature of our technology contributions to the memory industry. We look forward to continue collaborating with our customers and designing comprehensive memory architecture solutions that take into account the evolving needs of an increasingly diverse marketplace.”
Interested in learning more? The full iRunway report, titled: “Semiconductor Memory: Patent & Technology Landscape” can be accessed here.
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