InterDigital’s EU Case Shut as Huawei Pulls Antitrust Complaint

InterDigital Inc. no longer faces a European Union antitrust investigation after Huawei Technologies Co. withdrew a complaint about its use of patents.

Huawei contacted the EU last month to withdraw a complaint it filed in 2012 that sought a probe into InterDigital’s alleged refusal to license wireless patents that are part of an industry standard, InterDigital said in a regulatory filing today. Huawei’s move followed a confidential settlement with InterDigital agreed in December.

The EU never opened a formal investigation into Huawei’s complaint, which followed EU probes examining whether Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. violated agreements to license standard-essential patents to other mobile-phone manufacturers on fair terms. Motorola Mobility will get a “prohibition decision” for abusing its patents while Samsung will settle its case with a formal pledge in April, the EU’s antitrust chief said earlier this month.

“The case, which was indeed not a formal investigation, has been closed after Huawei withdrew the complaint,” said Antoine Colombani, a spokesman for the European Commission in an e-mail today.

Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a call and an e-mail seeking comment.

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