Chinese Telecom Companies Cleared of Patent Infringement Claims
US mobile phone company InterDigital Inc the company that complained that its executives are being threatened for pursuing the patent infringement claims against one of China’s biggest telecommunication companies recently lost its case at a US trade agency. The US International Trade Commission in Washington said that they find Huawei Technology, ZTE Corp., and Nokia Corp didn’t break any infringement in the mobile phone patents that are owned by InterDigital.
InterDigital accuses these companies of violating several of their patents that are usedin making 3G wireless devices. These prompted InterDigital to ask the ITC to ban the selling of 3G mobile devices of the three companies. the case went even beyond a patent dispute asfter InterDigital CEO William Merritt accused Chinese regulators of threatening to arrest anyone that shows up for the meeting that was to discuss the antitrust complaints against Huawei and Interdigital in Europe, the United States and Asia.
ZTE and Huawei are companies that are based in Shenzhen and two of the biggest makers of phone network equipment in China. from the very start of the accusation Huawei was confident that it will be clear of all baseless claims of InterDigital and was pleased to see that the commissioners have agreed on the claims of InterDigital are without merit.
The dispute is also the part of a bigger debate in the technology sector on how to treat patents related to fundamental inventions that are used across platforms. InterDigital has helped in the creation of a industry wide standard for mobile phone technology so they were obliged to license all relevant patents on non discriminatory terms. InterDigital insisted that their contributions to the core technologies underpin the wireless devices and networks worldwide and is universally recognized. They strongly believe that the ITC’s decision are wrong and they are planning to appeal.