The wireless industry seems to be nearly as prolific in litigation as it is in innovation.
This morning, mobile phone technology designer InterDigital filed complaints with the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware accusing Nokia, Huawei and ZTE of violating seven of its U.S. patents in their 3G phones, tablets, USB sticks, and mobile hotspots.
“Despite having engaged in good faith efforts to license our patents to Nokia, Huawei and ZTE, we have not been able to reach an acceptable resolution,” InterDigital said in a statement. And so it’s off to the courts and the ITC, where the company will seek a ban on import and sale of all those allegedly infringing products — or a licensing deal agreed to under duress, whichever comes first.
Interestingly, InterDigital’s legal assault on Nokia, Huawei and ZTE comes shortly after the company said it was considering the sale of its business, which includes a valuable portfolio of mobile patents that is said to have piqued the interest of Google as well as Apple.