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said the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California conditionally stayed the last stage of the


litigation until Feb. 2 or when the Federal Trade Commission issues a final order in the matter.

The court cited two reasons for the stay. One is the potential for a resolution of the case once the FTC sets royalty rates on SDRAM and DDR SDRAM, and the second was to give South Korea's Hynix 90 days to try to establish how any FTC findings apply to this phase of the case.

The case was originally filed by Hynix against Rambus in August 2000. Hynix sought declaratory judgments that certain Rambus patents were invalid and hadn't been infringed. Earlier this year, all 10 of the patent claims presented to a jury in the case were found to be valid and infringed, and Rambus was awarded damages.

Shares of Rambus were up 3% to $11.55 in premarket trading Wednesday.