Evidentiary Hearing Commences in ITC Investigation of InterDigital Complaint against Huawei, Nokia and ZTE
WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDCC), a wireless research and development
company, announced today that the evidentiary hearing in the United
States International Trade Commission ("ITC" or the "Commission")
investigation of the company's complaint against Huawei Technologies
Co., Ltd., FutureWei Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Huawei Technologies (USA)
and Huawei Device USA, Inc., Nokia Corporation and Nokia Inc. and ZTE
Corporation and ZTE (USA) Inc. (collectively, "Respondents") involving
certain 3G wireless devices has commenced.
Unlike prior cases involving InterDigital, the Office of Unfair Import
Investigations Staff (the "Staff") is not participating on all issues in
the case, limiting its involvement to two patents from one patent
family. On infringement and validity, in its pre-trial position the
Staff did not support the company's position on those two patents.
Regarding domestic industry issues, the Staff raised questions as to
whether the company had demonstrated an adequate connection between its
licensing expenditures and these two patents to support the Commission's
domestic industry requirement. The Staff is not participating in the
investigation as to the other five of the seven patents at issue and
therefore has expressed no views at to those patents. As to the
requirement that companies license standards-essential patents on a
Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory ("FRAND") basis, the Staff
believes Respondents have not demonstrated that the company violated any
of its FRAND commitments. The Staff's recommendations are not binding on
either the Administrative Law Judge overseeing the proceeding or the
Commission. Typically, the Commission's final determination does not
fully align with the Staff's pre-trial position.
"We look forward to the ITC's examination of our complaint and are
confident that the patents in this investigation give us a very strong
case, including patents related to those in the company's recent
successful Federal Circuit appeal involving Nokia Corporation and Nokia
Inc.," said Lawrence F. Shay, President of InterDigital's patent holding
subsidiaries. "Also, our company has twice satisfied the domestic
industry requirement in prior ITC cases involving some of the same
patent families that are involved in this case. Overall, we believe our
case is very strong and that we should prevail against the Respondents."
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: www.interdigital.com.
Patrick Van de Wille, +1 858-210-4814
Source: InterDigital, Inc.
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