LG Notches Early Victory Against InterDigital in Patent Fight
An administrative law judge from the U.S. International Trade Commission today made an initial determination in a patent lawsuit that LG is facing from patent-holder InterDigital. In July 2011, InterDigital sued Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE over alleged violation of seven different patents. It asked the ITC to block the offenders from importing phones, USB laptop dongles, mobile hotspots, and tablets that operate with either 3G WCDMA or 3G CDMA technology into the country. InterDigital later added LG to this lawsuit. LG argued that it should be exempt from the lawsuit because it previously had a patent-licensing agreement in place with InterDigital concerning some of the patents in question. The ITC law judge today ruled that LG's motion to dismiss the lawsuit was valid based on the potential for arbitration between LG and InterDigital. The law judge's decision now needs to go before the full ITC commission before it is enacted upon. InterDigital said it will fight the decision. It also noted that the decision does not apply to its on-going litigation against Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE.
Researchers Suggest Phone Makers Mislead Consumers About Security Patches
Security Research Labs says Android phone makers often miss security patches but still tell owners the phones are up-to-date. Researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell examined the code of some 1,200 phones from more than a dozen phone makers for every security patch released during 2017.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
Microsoft Avoids Import Ban in InterDigital Case
Microsoft escaped what could have been a harmful ban on its devices as the U.S. International Trade Commission decided not to block the import of Microsoft's smartphones into the U.S.
Microsoft Loses Patent Case to InterDigital
The International Trade Commission today ruled Microsoft improperly used two InterDigital wireless patents without permission. The ruling judge said "it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft [phones] from import into the United States." Patent-related complaints are often taken to the ITC, which has the power to enact such bans.