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IDCC News: InterDigital Expands Footprint in Europe With Opening of Berlin Office 09/21/2017 03:00:00 AM
IDCC News: InterDigital Announces Increases of Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend and Stock Buyback Authorization 09/14/2017 05:19:19 PM
IDCC News: InterDigital to Present at Dougherty & Company Institutional Investor Conference 09/11/2017 05:30:00 PM
IDCC News: InterDigital Issues Revenue Guidance for Third Quarter 2017 08/22/2017 08:30:00 AM
IDCC News: InterDigital Announces World’s First Successful Mobile Edge Computing 5G Network Architecture Trial 08/14/2017 08:30:00 AM
#419166  Sticky Note InterDigital Announces Increases of Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend Gamco 09/14/17 05:36:49 PM
#419242   thanks ol' dog doctor md 09/22/17 08:57:44 PM
#419241   olddog, the institution could be IDCC? or do squingeqbob 09/22/17 07:31:08 PM
#419240   FISH/doctor: The large after hours trades reported olddog967 09/22/17 06:45:25 PM
#419239   Jimlur, I would be happy to share with vegas options 09/22/17 06:36:43 PM
#419238   As I recall, on Thursday there was also FISH21049 09/22/17 05:20:17 PM
#419237   It looks like some substantial after hours buying doctor md 09/22/17 04:58:23 PM
#419236   Vegas, What in the money calls has your JimLur 09/22/17 04:26:47 PM
#419235   Jeffree, I have been bidding for size in vegas options 09/22/17 02:55:10 PM
#419234   Thinking back many years ago, the company did dws 09/22/17 10:19:54 AM
#419233   or as Merritt has claimed... jeffree 09/22/17 10:09:46 AM
#419232   jeffree, the shares trade in both Heaven and my3sons87 09/22/17 09:50:44 AM
#419231   IF the world survives Sept. 23 (tomorrow)...then jeffree 09/22/17 08:58:57 AM
#419230   Something is gonna pop here soon... within the bulldzr 09/22/17 01:18:31 AM
#419229   LOL. Ship that article to all the unsigned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jjff 09/21/17 04:20:33 PM
#419228 JimLur 09/21/17 10:12:02 AM
#419227   O'dog the Berlin Office is a smart move my3sons87 09/21/17 08:40:10 AM
#419226   What Google Wants With HTC’s Smartphone Business Paullee 09/21/17 07:42:28 AM
#419225   InterDigital Expands Footprint in Europe With Opening of olddog967 09/21/17 04:31:12 AM
#419224   patopinion: IDCC's current bylaws recognizes the existence olddog967 09/20/17 09:03:54 PM
#419223   Olddog, if the proposed change becomes law it patopinion 09/20/17 08:38:40 PM
#419222   patopinion: The rule that you are referring olddog967 09/20/17 08:25:19 PM
#419220   "If there are any proposals to come before patopinion 09/20/17 06:06:21 PM
#419219   IDCC After Hours Volume: Gamco 09/20/17 05:13:31 PM
#419218   any other company that acquires idc could do mister 09/20/17 05:00:51 PM
#419217   add Google as a "potential acquirer" of IDCC...??? jeffree 09/20/17 03:49:51 PM
#419216   Fish As I hinted in my earlier post (#419198), la-idcc-fan 09/20/17 01:48:02 PM
#419215   Recent joiners Lenovo, Verizon and Conversant suggest Via’s Gamco 09/20/17 01:25:50 PM
#419214   I propose they all step down..enough of this mister 09/20/17 11:42:28 AM
#419213   As the end of the year rapidly approaches, FISH21049 09/20/17 11:24:40 AM
#419212   We need some BIG news in order to FISH21049 09/20/17 11:06:03 AM
#419211   How rich do you think these IDCC MARKET jjff 09/20/17 11:01:00 AM
#419210   We ever going to get a upward move jjff 09/20/17 10:58:27 AM
#419209   Back on 9-15 when the BOD announced a FISH21049 09/20/17 10:54:51 AM
#419208   Presentation stops at 28:30, right after Merritt says squingeqbob 09/20/17 08:15:57 AM
#419207   did the last 3 minutes play for you, Paullee 09/20/17 07:18:05 AM
#419206   Paullee; Thanks. I found the olddog967 09/19/17 11:28:46 PM
#419205   try this link Paullee 09/19/17 10:34:15 PM
#419204   NEITHER COULD I. Looks like they screwed Paullee 09/19/17 08:35:40 PM
#419203   Paullee: I couldn't find the webcast on olddog967 09/19/17 07:55:33 PM
#419202   Paullee no I did not listen. Did you? my3sons87 09/19/17 07:24:33 PM
#419201   anyone listen to presentation today ? thoughts ? Paullee 09/19/17 06:27:02 PM
#419200   United States Patent 9,769,692 Gamco 09/19/17 10:27:53 AM
#419199   United States Patent 9,769,843 Gamco 09/19/17 10:27:03 AM
#419198   When IDCC first announced a dividend on Dec la-idcc-fan 09/18/17 01:28:59 PM
#419197   The Div increase and buyback announcement was a felix7 09/18/17 11:48:50 AM
#419196   Today's Research Reports on Stocks to Watch: InterDigital FISH21049 09/18/17 09:00:24 AM
#419195   LTE - Thank you for the posts relating Gamco 09/17/17 02:05:18 PM
#419194   <<PTAB judges do not have a code of LTE 09/16/17 11:32:12 AM
#419193   Paullee: One idea to try and avoid olddog967 09/16/17 11:13:06 AM
#419192   The failed PTAB experiment has been a colossal mistake Paullee 09/16/17 08:37:03 AM