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InterDigital Patent Infringements Against Nokia and ZTE Unlikely to Succeed

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InterDigital is likely to lose a patent lawsuit against Nokia and ZTE following a preliminary ruling from the US International Trade Commission.

Although only a preliminary ruling, it is rare for the final ruling to differ significantly when it is eventually passed.

InterDigital responded saying that it would appeal to the full commission, and potentially to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where it said that two of the three patents in this case have seen favorable decisions.

The "decision by the Administrative Law Judge is unfortunate, and does not align with the validation of our portfolio and licensing practices that is reflected in our numerous agreements with major wireless companies worldwide," said William J. Merritt, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Those agreements include licensing agreements with Samsung and Huawei who opted for licensing than to fight the patents.

InterDigital, which had originally filed patent infringements for seven patents but later dropped four from the lawsuit saw its shares drop by 10 percent on the news from the US ITC of the preliminary ruling.

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