InterDigital Loses Patent Case Against Microsoft

InterDigital has now lost its patent case against Nokia at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Since Microsoft has acquired Nokia’s Devices division, Microsoft agreed to assume all of Nokia’s liabilities and have “sole control over the defense, including sole authority to resolve this action.”

Even though InterDigital pledged to appeal against this ruling, this is a set back for them. ITC found that Nokia’s devices didn’t violate InterDigital patent rights. InterDigital and Nokia were already in a patent dispute back in 2006 and they settled on it. InterDigital again sued Nokia for some different patents few years later and Nokia refused to pay patent royalties for them.

InterDigital’s comment on this ruling,

“The commission’s decision is disappointing, running contrary to a number of judicial decisions involving, in some instances, the exact same patents as in this case,” InterDigital Chief Executive Officer William Merritt said in a statement. “We do not feel this decision will have any meaningful impact on our progress towards our licensing goals.”

Microsoft’s comment,

“InterDigital is trying to block our products based on patents it openly promised the industry could use at reasonable rates,” David Cuddy, a Microsoft spokesman, said in a statement. “We’re grateful the commission has now confirmed that we don’t even use these patents in our products.”

Source: Bloomberg

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