InterDigital loses first round of US case against Huawei, others

WASHINGTON Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:21pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies, Nokia Corp and ZTE Corp did not violate cell phone patents owned by InterDigital Inc, a judge at the International Trade Commission said in a preliminary decision on Friday.

The ITC's final decision in the case is expected to be issued in October.

InterDigital, which buys and licenses patents, had accused the companies of violating seven patents used to make 3G wireless devices. The patents cover conservation of power and ensuring the right data goes to the right recipient, among other technology.

LG Electronics had been named in the original complaint but settled with InterDigital.

InterDigital asked the ITC to ban the U.S. sale of the three companies' 3G wireless mobile devices. While much of the world is moving to 4G, 3G remains broadly in use.

The ITC, a quasi-judicial federal agency, is a popular venue for patent fights because its docket moves fairly quickly and it can order a sales ban for any device which infringes a patent.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by David Gregorio)

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Eideard wrote:
Good news for the weekend. Nice to see patent trolls lose one. Judges give them too much credence as it is.

Jun 29, 2013 12:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EnricoPalazzo wrote:
People misuse the term patent troll so much. InterDigital is not a patent troll if over the past 30 years they have invented many of the solutions used in the massively wireless world we live in today and work directly with many companies and committees. This article says they buy and license patents, but what about their 80+ doctorate engineers creating solutions for the next generation of wireless?

Jul 02, 2013 7:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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