Microsoft's Lumia Windows Phones face an import ban in the US
posted by Mihai A. / Apr 28, 2015, 12:36 PM
According to Judge Theodore Essex, Microsoft's handsets infringe on a couple of wireless cellular patents owned by InterDigital. InterDigital has a long history of court battles against Lumia smartphones. Back in 2007, the Washington-based patent licencee sued Nokia, but although InterDigital lost the first ruling, it won the second round in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, with the case being sent back to the USITC. InterDigital has also filed for lawsuits against other smartphone manufacturers such as Huawei, Samsung, and ZTE.
Microsoft can and will challenge this decision, as this ruling will need to be inspected by a full commission before an import ban is instated on Lumia handsets. This second inspection is expected to come to a conclusion later this summer. If the full commission does not overthrow the recent ruling, Microsoft will see an import ban being instated on most of its Lumia smartphones.
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Considering the MS marketshare in the US, we're talking about what, a couple boxes of phones, right?
posted on Apr 28, 2015, 12:43 PM 14
LOl! not only that but they seem to patent troll Android OEMS and force them to pay free money for no real reasons other than monopoly. so they deserve it , how ironic if it happens , hope Obama doesn't step in, MS deserves some pain.
posted on Apr 28, 2015, 12:56 PM 2
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You don't know why MS collects licensing fees for Android do you? Obviously not, otherwise you wouldn't have posted such a stupid comment. Put down the game console and open a f**king book every now and then.
posted on Apr 28, 2015, 1:41 PM 12
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Surly not....Obama will come to their rescue like he did with Apple....
posted on Apr 28, 2015, 1:01 PM 1
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He can't. This isn't the ITC. The gov can't negate it.
posted on Apr 28, 2015, 2:45 PM 1
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Let me Google that for you... http://www.phonearena.com/news
posted on Apr 28, 2015, 3:00 PM 2
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This is awful reporting. No where in the re/code article does it say which or even anything close to "Microsoft will see an import ban being instated on most of its Lumia smartphones". Tell us which ones.
posted on Apr 28, 2015, 3:30 PM 5
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I really hate these patent troll companies. It's almost like their primary source of revenue is leaching off larger companies.
posted on Apr 28, 2015, 6:33 PM 0
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Eh, why aren't they going after Apple?
posted on Apr 28, 2015, 10:00 PM 0
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