updated 12:30 am EDT, Sat October 17, 2009
ITC finds Nokia not violating 3G patents
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) tonight exonerated Nokia by ending an investigation into claims by InterDigital that Nokia had violated its patents. The government agency has confirmed an initial decision by an Administrative Law Judge that said Nokia's use of UMTS-based 3G doesn't violate four InterDigital technology patents. Additionally, the ITC has rejected the portion of the judge's ruling that had originally found the patents valid and has denied InterDigital a chance to claim further patent violations.
The move follows a ruling in the UK that had also dismissed attempts by Philadelpha-based InterDigital to link several patents to UMTS and may have an impact on previous cases. Samsung last year agreed to a settlement rather than let a similar patent dispute reach a conclusion, while before this both Apple and BlackBerry creator Research in Motion had already paid the claimed patent holder.
It's not yet known if InterDigital will appeal the decision or if the other affected firms will react.