Four mobile device makers investigated for patent infringement in US

Summary:U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched a probe involving Samsung, Nokia, Huawei and ZTE for patent infringement in certain wireless devices with 3G or 4G capabilities.

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is launching an investigation into Samsung, Nokia, Huawei and ZTE for patent infringement in their 3G or 4G wireless devices.

Four device makers are being investigated for infringing patents of InterDigital Communications.
Four device makers are being investigated for infringing patents of InterDigital Communications.

In a statement Thursday, USTIC said the investigation was prompted by a complaint filed by InterDigital Communications on January 2. The wireless technology provider alleged that certain 3G or 4G-enabled devices by the device makers have infringed upon its patents and requested a ban on the devices.

USTIC said the investigation will focus on cellular mobile phones, personal computers and other mobile Internet devices such as cellular modems.

TechCrunch reported the investigation covered the Samsung ATIV S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Stellar, Galaxy Tab II (10.1), SCH-LC11, and 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot; the Nokia Lumia 820, Lumia 822, and Lumia 920; the ZTE 4G Hotspot, Avail, Flash, and JetPack 890L; and the Huawei Activa 4G, E368 USB Connect Force 4G, MediaPad (S7 Pro), Unite, and HUA U8680 MYTOUCH.

Since 2011, Samsung has been involved in multiple patent tussles with Apple . Apple won the case in late August 2012. However USITC said on January 24 it will be reviewing the ruling .

Topics: Patents, Huawei, Mobility, Nokia, Samsung

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