InterDigital Receives Initial Determination in USITC Patent Infringement Investigation of Nokia, Huawei and ZTE
InterDigital (NASDAQ: IDCC) today announced that it has received notice that the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) overseeing the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) Investigation No. 337-TA-800 of Nokia (NYSE: NOK), Huawei and ZTE has issued an initial determination (ID) finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. The ALJ found that one of InterDigital's asserted patents was infringed, but the asserted claims of that patent were found to be invalid in light of prior art. He further found that four of InterDigital's patents were not proven invalid but are not infringed, and that the remaining two asserted patents were invalid and not infringed.
Importantly, the ALJ indicated that the respondents have not prevailed on any equitable, FRAND, or license defense. The ALJ also determined that InterDigital satisfied the domestic industry requirement as to all asserted patents.
"We strongly disagree with the ALJ's determinations with regard to noninfringement and invalidity. We will petition the ITC for review of the ID, and we are confident that the strength of our portfolio will, in due course, result in a favorable outcome," said William J. Merritt, President