And, the US worldwide Trade Commission (US ITC) did remember this and while reviewing the 8 year long law suit, it has ruled that Nokia phones (Presently Microsoft’s) do not infringe InterDigital patents on 3G cellular technology. Earlier in April a US Trade judge had issued a ruling in favor of InterDigital and moved to block the import of Microsoft’s devices.
The Trade Commission’s actions are good news to Microsoft, who have been struggling to compete with Samsung Electronics and Apple devices. The Redmond, Washington-based company has captured just 3 percent of the smartphone market in the United States and globally, according to recent estimates.
Microsoft final month posted a document quarterly loss because it took a $ 7.5 billion cost on its handset enterprise, which it purchased from Nokia final yr.
A Microsoft spokesperson stated the corporate was “grateful the Commission stopped InterDigital from making an attempt to dam our merchandise”. The judge had also recommended that an import ban should be imposed on the infringing Microsoft products, including several Lumia handsets.
InterDigital stock was down 3 percent after hours on Friday.
The ITC concluded that Microsoft had not violated InterDigital’s patents and thereby dropped its probe into the software giant. The judge had noted that Microsoft was incorporating InterDigital’s technology without paying a license fee.
In April, the US commerce decide dominated that Microsoft used InterDigital’s patents, thought-about normal within the business, however refused to pay for a license to them.
It has been eight years since InterDigital first claimed that Nokia was wrongfully using its technology to ramp up a cellphone’s power for network connectivity. The commission reviewed the ruling and on Friday stated that Microsoft had not violated the patents.
Companies frequently sue both at the ITC, which has the authority to block the import of products that infringe a U.S. patent, and in district court to win monetary damages.