Samsung reaches agreement with patent troll on use of 3G and 4G patents

Samsung reaches agreement with patent troll on use of 3G and 4G patents
Samsung and InterDigital have reached a multi-year agreement that resolves all of the pending litigation between the two companies. The agreement calls for Samsung to make royalty payments to InterDigital for use of the patents in question. Samsung will be responsible to make these royalty payments based on its sales of 3G and 4G enabled wireless devices.

Last year, a trio of smartphone manufacturers, ZTE, Huawei and Nokia, were found not liable by the ITC in a patent dispute with InterDigital. The latter is a company that purchases patents and then defends them in court, otherwise known as a patent troll. Back in January of 2009, Samsung paid InterDigital $400 million after deciding not to enter into a royalty agreement with them, at that time.


Terms of today's agreement were not disclosed.

source: InterDigital via Phonescoop

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20 Comments

1. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I bet you someone will mention Apple being troll. Bet you $5!

3. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I know it's stupid and pathetic. Anyways, back to the topic at hand. I really hope this move by Samsung doesn't give patent trolls around the world massive boners. I feel like caving in like this just promotes patent squatting. All they do is shut down small businesses before they can even start, and hamper bigger ones from making things consumers want. I hear that if start-ups don't allocate minimum 5 million aside for possible lawsuits in their business plan, the good investors won't even bother these days. Thats how bad it is, and it'll only get much, much worse. People may start borrowing money solely for protection and not innovation anymore.

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

If there wasn't any merit in this company, Samsung wouldnt pay it. However, they are fighting Apple to the end. That just shows you how bad Apple is. They are worse than patent trolls like this company.

16. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

There is no merit in a 'company' that doesn't create products or provides services, but rather charges money for patents it didn't earn itself (aka. it bought it out at rock bottom prices). They're predators, through and through. Maybe they just didn't ask an obscene amount. It's absolutely idiotic people always have to bring up Apple as the worst patent troll... it isn't. I mean hell, did you forget about 'Rockstar'? A company whose SOLE purpose is to harass the competition? Yet any time someone wants to bring up patent trolling and litigation it is conveniently ignored every time. Samsung -SETTLED- the dispute with InterDigital. That doesn't necessarily always mean that it was done on friendly terms.

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The difference is, no matter how they are used, these patents are valid and were purchased. Apple is worse. They make their own bs accusations and use their power to win in the courtroom. Nothing worse than suing one billion for round corners and bounce back and and packaging and then freely stealing from Android. At least these patent trolls use valid patents that should be patented. Even if Apple was asking for a reasonable settlement I don't think Samsung would settle. It is about principles and what Apple is suing for is ridiculous.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Anyone suing Samsung isn't a patent troll since they're known for stealing ideas and concepts

4. Beijendorf unregistered

You should look up the definition of patent troll. Samsung actually use their own patents, and as such are not "patent trolls". Also, a patent troll can sue another patent troll and still be a patent troll.

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Man this guy supports Apple even though they are wrong. So this guy would support a rapist and a murderer aswell as peadophile, even though they are wrong. So you would support your kid when he goes to school and bullying other kids and looks for trouble?

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Do you read the nonsense that you type up?

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

"Nonsense that I say"… ? I like Apple iPhone and MacBookAir. I hate Apple the company.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30672; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'd be the doesn't read it at all Mxy. I read his comments, and simply SMDH. That dude is an A1 idiot.

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Everyone classes you the idiot in PhoneArena and hates and dislikes you and Mxzy. Talk about yourself underage stalker who attacks underaged girls. I'm a idiot? So your son who you have whose 16, just say he's a terrorist, to you he is ok, what he's doing is good. So you support terrorist? Indenial delusional Everyone on here takes a job and takes the living piss out off you, even insult you and your family. So whose the idiot, me or you.? Have some self respect and social prestige.

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

But you had such nice things to say about Mxy last week. What happened?

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

"Mxzy is a wise matured guy whose cool and farm and easy going..." Your exact words. Called you out on that too.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm losing brain cells from reading his comment

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao The research and development company who patent trolls Are you calling every tech websites and editor's liars? Even in Youtube it says Apple are trolls who hate competition and wants to dictate. Why did MS help this company. Orelse it would be dead Rip by know. Stevejobs admits he stole designs from Sony. Samsung are innovators and revolutioners Apple is a fashion brand

8. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

According to both the International Trade Commission and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, so is Apple. (Along with being price fixers) But anyone who knows the history of the GUI knows that already.

14. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Did you miss WWDC yesterday? that's what you call blatant stealing, Apple are bloody hypocrites and thieves of the highest order.

15. jpd514

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

Apple is the must sued company in the world for patent infringement. Are You the only one to ignore this?

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Until only samsung was fighting with this patent trolls bravely(including apple in some cases)... Now they too lost the hope... Companies like these shouldn't exist...

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