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Archived updates for Wednesday, September 13, 2006

InterDigital Receives LES Licensing Achievement Award

InterDigital Communications Corporation was awarded the "Licensing Achievement Award" by the Licensing Executives Society 2006 Annual Meeting on September 11, 2006. Five days earlier, it was reported that an arbitral tribunal awarded InterDigital roughly $134 million in past royalties plus interest on Samsung's sale of various mobile phone technologies through 2005.

Since 1992, InterDigital has reportedly generated over $500 million in patent royalty and technology licensing payments. Patent and technology licensing represent nearly 94 percent of the $163 million in revenue that InterDigital's 325 employees generated in 2005. According to their website,

InterDigital believes that, in many instances, licenses for certain of our patents are required for third parties to manufacture and sell digital cellular products in compliance with TDMA and CDMA-based standards currently in use
worldwide. Accordingly, we offer non-exclusive, royalty bearing patent licenses to telecommunications manufacturers worldwide that manufacture, use or sell, equipment utilizing our extensive portfolio of essential or commercially important intellectual property, including patents relating specifically to
digital wireless radiotelephony technology, Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). . . .

Through active participation in both the principal wireless 3G standards and IEEE 802 working groups of the worldwide standards bodies, InterDigital is engaged in helping the industry define the next generation of wireless technologies.

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