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.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
ZTE Cleared in Patent Case Versus Interdigital
The U.S. ITC recently upheld an earlier ruling that found ZTE innocent of violating patents held by Interdigital.
Nokia and ZTE Cleared In InterDigital Patent Case
A court today said Nokia and ZTE did not violate patents held by InterDigital, a patent licensing firm. InterDigital had filed a case against the two phone makers with the International Trade Commission.
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.