On Friday, Microsoft was cleared by the U.S. International Trade Commission of a patent infringement case filed by InterDigital Inc back in 2007 against Nokia Corp. The technologies in question had to do with optimizing a cellphone’s power to connect to a network. The case became Microsoft’s responsibility after acquiring Nokia’s handset business last year.
Friday’s decision overturns a ruling made back in April that Microsoft did infringe on said patents, and threatened to impose an import ban on any cellular device the company sells using 3G (basically all of them). The ruling was since under review.
William J. Merritt, CEO of InterDigital Inc., threw a little shade at Microsoft after the ruling, saying that the decision “is disappointing but is expected to have a limited impact on our going-forward business, given the decline of the Nokia mobile device business under Microsoft’s control and its limited market position.” Microsoft fired back, saying how grateful they are of the ruling and that they’ll “continue to pursue our separate suit addressing InterDigital’s unlawful conduct and abusive patent licensing scheme.”
InterDigital’s stock fell after the announcement.
The battle may be won, but the war is not over. Aside from Microsoft’s separate filing of a case against InterDigital earlier this month, the company faces an uphill battle with the likes of its smartphone competitors as it gears up to launch its first Windows 10 Mobile devices next month.