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    Default InterDigital, ATTACK Dog For RIM???

    got this from another site.

    This COULD BE very BIG news for RIM IF it has legs.



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    InterDigital Files New Complaint Against Huawei, Nokia, Samsung and ZTE with U.S. International Trade Commission (NASDAQ:IDCC)




    January 2, 2013

    InterDigital Files New Complaint Against Huawei, Nokia, Samsung and ZTE with U.S. International Trade Commission



    Company Seeks Importation Ban for 3G and 4G Wireless Products that Infringe on U.S. Patents



    WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDCC) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiaries InterDigital Communications, Inc., InterDigital Technology Corporation, IPR Licensing, Inc. and InterDigital Holdings, Inc. (collectively, "InterDigital") filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission ("USITC") against Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Futurewei Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Huawei Technologies (USA), Huawei Device USA, Inc., Nokia Corporation, Nokia, Inc., Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, ZTE Corporation and ZTE (USA), Inc. (collectively, "Respondents") alleging that they engaged in unfair trade practices by selling for importation into the United States, importing into the United States and/or selling after importation into the United States certain 3G and 4G wireless devices (including WCDMA-, cdma2000- and LTE-capable mobile phones, USB sticks, mobile hotspots, laptop computers and tablets, and components of such devices) that infringe up to seven of InterDigital's U.S. patents (the "Asserted Patents"). The action also extends to certain WCDMA and cdma2000 devices incorporating WiFi functionality.

    "Wireless technology continues to advance at tremendous speed based on the contributions that InterDigital and others have made to core connectivity technology. For InterDigital, that effort represents roughly one billion dollars of research and development involving hundreds of wireless engineers over decades. While the vast majority of our dozens of licensees recognize our contributions and choose to license our portfolio based on discussions alone, in some cases we're forced to resort to legal action," said Lawrence F. Shay, President of InterDigital's patent holding subsidiaries.

    InterDigital's complaint with the USITC seeks an exclusion order that would bar from entry into the United States infringing 3G or 4G wireless devices (and components), including LTE devices, that are imported by or on behalf of Respondents, and also seeks a cease and desist order to bar further sales of infringing products that have already been imported into the United States. Under its rules, the USITC has thirty days from the filing of the complaint to decide whether to formally institute an investigation. Certain of the Asserted Patents have been asserted against Nokia, Huawei and ZTE in earlier USITC proceedings, including the pending USITC investigation initiated by InterDigital in July 2011, and therefore are not being asserted against those Respondents in this new complaint.

    InterDigital also filed parallel actions in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware alleging that Respondents' same 3G and 4G wireless devices infringe the same Asserted Patents identified in the USITC complaint. The Delaware complaints seek a permanent injunction and compensatory damages in an amount to be determined, as well as enhanced damages based on willful infringement, and recovery of reasonable attorneys' fees and costs. If the USITC institutes the investigation referenced above, Respondents will have a statutory right (but not the obligation) to stay the Delaware District Court proceeding pending a final determination in the USITC.

    About InterDigital®

    InterDigital develops fundamental wireless technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading wireless companies. Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P MidCap 400® index.

    InterDigital is a registered trademark of InterDigital, Inc.

    For more information, visit: InterDigital.

    InterDigital, Inc.
    Patrick Van de Wille, +1 858-210-4814
    patrick.vandewille@interdigital.com

    Source: InterDigital, Inc.

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    Didn't RIM already agree to a deal with IDCC over this? I'm pretty sure the other guys will either pay up as RIM did or will end up with some legal fees.
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    Patents are a good thing...hope they are successful.
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    back then RIM had to pay $620 million to these guys...
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    Quote Originally Posted by phinsphan View Post
    Didn't RIM already agree to a deal with IDCC over this? I'm pretty sure the other guys will either pay up as RIM did or will end up with some legal fees.
    Yep, RIM settled with InterDigital. There is another thread about that announcement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanerredflag View Post
    Patents are a good thing...hope they are successful.
    Patents are inherently bad under the current environment. The fact so many obvious things, including those with prior art, are patentable today is out of whack with common sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BB9700CA View Post
    Patents are inherently bad under the current environment. The fact so many obvious things, including those with prior art, are patentable today is out of whack with common sense.
    I would agree to a point. In cases of form factor or something resembling a patented shape or look, it can be walking a fine line and has become somewhat ridiculous these days. However, in this case, it is a specific technology that was developed and is being used as was intended and in it's patented form. In the case against RIM, there was no issue with whether or not they were using the tech, but whether or not they needed to pay any more, as they argued they had payed enough (or something along those lines from what I could gather).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BB9700CA View Post
    Patents are inherently bad under the current environment. The fact so many obvious things, including those with prior art, are patentable today is out of whack with common sense.
    Shapes and forms are a stretch but without patents protecting legitimate intellectual property please explain how anything gets developed. I agree big money has stretched the boundaries too far but as a core principle protection of property someone worked to develop is unavoidable and necessary.

    RIM paid and the others should as well…otherwise fair market competition is lost. (i.e. companies not relying on device profits to survive will price the others out of business).
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    RIM payed this company for using patents they hold, now the company is going after the other phone makers. Start with the small guy first, and when they cave you go on to the bigger ones. I'm sure Apple will be next if they aren't paying them off already.
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    Quite a provocative subject line with no reference to anything that links InterDigital to RIM...

    Recently RIM signed an extended patent licensing deal with InterDigital:

    InterDigital, Research In Motion Extend Patent License

    RIM also recently licensed Nokia patents as well:

    BlackBerry maker RIM loses patent dispute with Nokia | Reuters

    "Nokia, ATTACK Dog For RIM???"
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