Samsung and InterDigital Strike Patent Accord
InterDigital today announced it has reached a patent licensing agreement with Samsung. The agreement, which InterDigital called "mutually beneficial," also puts to rest all pending litigation between the two companies. InterDigital is a patent assertion firm and makes money by pursuing such agreements with companies it believes is violating its intellectual property. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but InterDigital said it involved 3G, 4G and "certain future generation" wireless products. Last year, the U.S. International Trade Commission exonerated Huawei, Nokia, and ZTE of violating IntgerDigital patents.
InterDigital's ITC Case Against ZTE Fails
The U.S. ITC today cleared ZTE of violating a phone-related patent held by InterDigital.
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.