December 29, 2005

InterDigital says wins case in Nokia patent dispute

HELSINKI (Reuters) - A U.S. federal court ruled in favor of wireless technology firm InterDigital Communications Corp. in a $252 million patent dispute with mobile phone maker Nokia, InterDigital said.

A federal judge confirmed in its entirety a patent dispute arbitration ruling which had been handed down in June but contested by Nokia, the U.S.-based wireless firm said in a statement late on Wednesday.

InterDigital said the original decision by the International Court of Arbitration meant Nokia would have to pay up to $252 million in royalty payments.

Finland-based Nokia, the world's biggest mobile handset maker, had no immediate comment on the matter.

It had challenged the arbitration award in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The dispute concerns royalties InterDigital says Nokia owes it for technology in 2G and 2.5G handsets and network equipment for the years 2002 to 2006.

InterDigital Chief Executive William J. Merritt said his company would try to get Nokia to pay up and had started action to speed up any outstanding issues with the mobile giant.

InterDigital Communications Corp., based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, receives most of its revenue from royalties on patents.