ITC ruling saves Microsoft of potential import ban on Lumia smartphones

ITC ruling saves Microsoft of potential import ban on Lumia smartphones

In an August 28 ruling, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has sided with Microsoft in the company's long-running patent-infringement dispute with InterDigital. The patent lawsuit was filed by InterDigital against Nokia - now owned by Microsoft - back in 2007.

In its lawsuit filed against Nokia, InterDigital had accused the company of infringing on two of its standard essential patents for 3G technology. A ruling by a US trade judge in April this year had gone in InterDigital's favor; with the judge recommending an import ban which on Microsoft's devices, including a number of Nokia Lumia smartphones.

However, that ruling by the US trade judge has now been overturned by the ITC. In its August 28 verdict, the ITC said that InterDigital's patents have not been infringed by Microsoft. The ruling saves Microsoft from a potential US import ban on its Nokia Lumia handsets.

With the ITC deciding that the US import of Microsoft's Lumia handsets should not be blocked, the ruling by the agency has helped Microsoft avoid a potentially massive setback to its mobile handset business, especially since it is expected to announce new Lumia handsets in October.

Meanwhile, describing the ITC's ruling as "disappointing," InterDigital CEO William J. Merritt said in a statement that the verdict "is expected to have a limited impact on our going-forward business, given the decline of the Nokia mobile device business under Microsoft's control and its limited market position."

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