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Microsoft Avoids Import Ban in InterDigital Case

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Aug 29, 2015, 9:43 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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 lost a patent case against InterDigital in April when it was found to be infringing on two patents. The individual trade judge who reached that decision recommended Microsoft's handsets be banned from import. The full ITC panel rejected that judge's decision on Friday, however, which means Microsoft will continue to be allowed to bring its handsets into the U.S. Microsoft expressed relief at the decision, while InterDigital voiced disappointment. Earlier this month, Microsoft filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, claiming the company charges exorbitant fees for standard-essential patents. Such patents must be licensed at fair, reasonable, and non-discrimonatory rates. InterDigital is a patent-holding company and has had mixed success in suing companies such as Samsung, ZTE, and Huawei.

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FunVirginian

Sep 1, 2015, 8:01 AM

There should be laws against Patent Holding Companies

All patent holding firms do is buy up patents and then sue companies to make money. They stifle the industry and its creativity - from software to electronics to gizmos to engineering designs, etc. It's as bad as companies who by up book rights to keep the books from ever been published. It's a censorship of ideas. It starts with initial FOOLISHLY issuing of mass patents by the government. This chokes the individual inventor, the garage inventor, and does harm to corporations as well as patents are so easy to get that putting an item into a shopping cart on the web was given a patent. That is such a basic idea that that patent should've never been granted. There are building blocks more simplistic than this that have been given patents. As t...
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What do you mean by give credit to the inventor? Just say "hey good job, but what you invested so much time and money into creating will be given out to people to use for free"?

If you think companies buying up patents chokes the creation of addit...
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