ITC rules in favour of Nokia

Handset manufacturer not guilty of copyright infringement

October 20, 2009

Handset manufacturer not guilty of copyright infringement

Nokia announced today that the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has reviewed the Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) Initial Determination in favour of Nokia, in the action brought by InterDigital. Following the review, the Commission has affirmed the ALJ’s Initial Determination and terminated the investigation.

Nokia is delighted with this outcome. Not only did the Commission conclude that Nokia products do not infringe InterDigital’s patents, but it also withdrew the portion of the ALJ’s Initial Determination that had found the patents valid.

The case, filed by InterDigital, alleged that Nokia infringed four patents that InterDigital asserted as essential for the UMTS (3G) mobile standard. Today’s result is consistent with a previous judgement in the United Kingdom that found several InterDigital patents not to be essential to the UMTS mobile standard.