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Nokia loses patent dispute with InterDigital

Nokia has infringed upon InterDigital Communications, a wireless technology provider based in Pennsylvania. InterDigital reached an agreement to license technology for 2G and 2.5G handsets and network equipment to Nokia in January 1999. They claim that Nokia has not paid the royalties due for equipment sold from January of 2002 until the end of 2006. That amounts to between $232 million and $252 million.

In June of 2005, the International Court of Arbitration ruled that Nokia had to pay the royalties. They appealed that decision to U.S. courts. On Wednesday the Southern District Court of New York ruled against Nokia. That means that they now have to pay the royalties or pursue other means of delaying and avoiding.

“With yet another legal challenge dismissed, we are hopeful that Nokia will finally comply with its signed license agreement with InterDigital. If not, we will continue to pursue all legal remedies to secure payment,” said InterDigital’s CEO William Merritt in a statement.



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