ITC agrees to investigate Nokia phones

The same government regulator that barred imports of phones made with Qualcomm's chips is set to investigate phone made by Nokia, thanks to a request by InterDigital. The International Trade Commission (ITC) will investigate Nokia's 3G handsets, which InterDigital claims infringes on two of its patents. Specifically, InterDigital alleges that Nokia's new N75 device infringes on the patents, but Nokia and the company have been unable to negotiate licensing terms, according to InterDigital. Nokia recently asked the ITC to investigate whether Qualcomm's chips infringe on its patents, too. Banning imports is one of the only ways the ITC can enforce its rulings.

For more on the latest ITC investigations:
- read this AP article