So Apple, Samsung, Rimm and HTC and maybe somebody else paid a total of around 300 million in royalties to IDCC in a year! Nokia Symbian 3G devices sold in a US in a year is maybe 10-20k, ie. maybe less than 1 % of the total market. If, and that is a huge if, IDCC wins in court in 5-6 years time, 1 % of 300 million would be..... totally insignificant. So you can easily forget this lawsuit. There are many much more meaningful litigations going on with Nokia involved, as a plaintif.
No biggie in the grand scheme of things. The lawsuit was regarding 3G technology which has been transitioning to obsolescence for some time.
First full commission then appeal. We will now in a about five years time. We will learn then that Nokia did not infringe the patent.
Financial interest here is also almost nonexistant. If IDCC wins the case they could get maybe 100 or 150k dollars. Nokia has sold only miniscul amount of Symbian devices in the US. No carrier has ever offered them. Do the math.
They have to sue in Federal Court for damages.
the ITC is used as a means to exert pressure on a company importing infringing products into the US. The probability of any useful remedy coming out of the ITC is extremely remote.
Ever since Kodak was able to extract about $500 million from each of Samsung and LG in 2005 I believe, on the VERGE of an ALJ (not even full Commission) ruling, companies have developed very clever ways of dealing with the ITC and they no longer fear it as they once used to.
They're talking about it on the IDCC board at Investors Hub.
Looks like a reversal of an earlier ruling and a trip to the commission.