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Byline: Therese Poletti
May 10--Rambus suffered another major legal blow Wednesday, when a federal jury found the memory-chip designer guilty of fraud in a patent dispute and ordered the company to pay $3.5 million in punitive damages to German chip maker Infineon Technologies.
If sustained on appeal, the verdict could wipe out a huge source of revenue for Rambus: royalties on its patented memory-interface technologies, which are used in almost every computer memory chip.
In August, Los Altos-based Rambus filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Infineon in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va. The suit was Rambus' first attempt to defend some of its key patents.
Last week, U.S. District …