ITC Staff Deals InterDigital A Blow In Patent Spat

Law360, New York (July 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- InterDigital Inc. said Tuesday its infringement case against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. was off to a discouraging start, as the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission has found that Samsung’s cell phone handsets do not violate InterDigital's patents.

The staff’s nonbinding recommendation is an unfavorable but not ruinous turn for InterDigital as the ITC begins its investigation into Samsung’s alleged infringement of patents for third-generation wireless, or 3G, technology, which delivers multimedia and Internet connectivity to cellular handsets.

At the evidentiary hearing, InterDigital accused Samsung...
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