InterDigital drops patent infringement suit against Samsung

Mobile & tablets

by CBR Staff Writer| 04 June 2014

The two companies sign license agreement.

Mobile technology developer InterDigital has signed a patent license agreement with Samsung, ending a one-year-old legal battle between the two companies.

The multi-year agreement, the terms of which remain undisclosed, covers the sale by Samsung of 3G, 4G and certain future generation wireless products, InterDigital said.

The wireless research and development company sued Samsung, along with Nokia, Huawei and ZTE in January 2013 for patent infringement. It filed a suit with the International Trade Commission asking it to ban the products of these companies, including Samsung Galaxy S3 in the US.

Incidentally, Apple has also been fighting for a US ban on S3, in a law suit against Samsung.

Samsung and InterDigital were under a patent-sharing agreement until 2012 when it expired and was not renewed.

InterDigital president and CEO, William Merritt, said: "We are very happy to have resolved the licensing dispute with Samsung on mutually agreeable terms. This agreement with Samsung shows how our longstanding patent licensing framework and process can lead to effective, productive discussions and eventual resolution on fair and reasonable terms."

The current deal follows an understanding between Google and Apple to drop patent infringement cases against each other, in May this year. They, however, said that there were no plans to cross license each other's patents.

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