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IDCC News: InterDigital Named a Clarivate Analytics 2016 Top Global Innovator 01/10/2017 10:00:00 AM
IDCC News: InterDigital Engineer Named IEEE Fellow 01/04/2017 11:53:26 AM
IDCC News: UK 5G Report Reveals “Significant Shortfall in Existing Infrastructure to Meet Future Aspirational Requirements” 12/20/2016 09:17:23 AM
IDCC News: InterDigital Announces Acquisition of Sensor Processing Technology Pioneer Hillcrest Labs 12/20/2016 09:15:00 AM
IDCC News: InterDigital Board of Directors Declares Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend 12/08/2016 04:30:00 PM
#382423  Sticky Note Sticky info: Analyst Reports, Rmarchma Reference Information, etc. postyle 02/21/14 03:45:14 PM
#414631   nice - eom gejebr3 01/16/17 12:59:04 PM
#414630   Fron SeekingAlpha: Skip The Internet Of Things ETF tradero 01/16/17 12:30:12 PM
#414629   Seeking Alpha has published a "recommendation" of IDCC... jeffree 01/16/17 12:29:22 PM
#414628   It’s a long read and IDCC’s 7 page IDCCfan 01/16/17 11:40:06 AM
#414626   If you don't think the Hillcrest acquisition was mickeybritt 01/15/17 10:36:24 AM
#414625   Report claims 5G to create 3M jobs, provide scooby5 01/14/17 10:05:43 AM
#414623   bulldzr My property investments return me at least 20% mickeybritt 01/14/17 08:46:44 AM
#414620   BigOman God blessed Oscar as he had a wonderful mickeybritt 01/13/17 09:45:27 PM
#414619   Anniversary Msg from the BigO. Oscar BigOman 01/13/17 09:37:44 PM
#414611  Restored Mickey, unlike used rental property, my IDCC shares bulldzr 01/13/17 09:16:06 PM
#414605   jeffree, don't miss your meeting. bulldzr 01/13/17 03:34:48 PM
#414604   re; Target price... jeffree 01/13/17 02:37:50 PM
#414603   Jeffree... what is the target price for the bulldzr 01/13/17 02:22:43 PM
#414602   some fun reading Paullee 01/13/17 01:37:20 PM
#414601   IDCC Block Trade: Gamco 01/13/17 12:48:16 PM
#414600   The PR will say '...a joint purchase by FISH21049 01/13/17 12:36:09 PM
#414599   so...All That is going to happen...Next Week...??? jeffree 01/13/17 11:40:26 AM
#414598   jeffree I look for all markets to rally next mickeybritt 01/13/17 09:51:58 AM
#414597   Heads up...Next week is options expiry...and 4 days jeffree 01/13/17 09:40:49 AM
#414596   FISH They were his words. Maybe not precisely mickeybritt 01/13/17 09:28:06 AM
#414595   mickeybritt: My tzke on what you posted FISH21049 01/13/17 07:34:14 AM
#414594   Here's hoping loop ! JohnSamuel 01/12/17 08:57:56 PM
#414593   Great video, Robinson is well respected. Everything is loophole73 01/12/17 08:50:31 PM
#414592   I agree and was pleasantly surprised ... nice JohnSamuel 01/12/17 07:08:53 PM
#414586   Mickey... again... I will venture to say that bulldzr 01/12/17 06:03:09 PM
#414584   Spoke with investor relations today!!!! mickeybritt 01/12/17 05:36:40 PM
#414583   JohnSamuel, that was really a great recommendation for eagle-i13 01/12/17 05:10:49 PM
#414582   IDCC Block Trade: Gamco 01/12/17 03:00:13 PM
#414581   Lieutenant Limejuice... jeffree 01/12/17 02:39:14 PM
#414580   I apologize if this was already posted, but JohnSamuel 01/12/17 02:12:21 PM
#414579   We'll get even...and then some... jeffree 01/12/17 01:10:52 PM
#414578   they had us down over 2 bucks on MJPLIFE11 01/12/17 12:56:15 PM
#414577   jeffree No big deal the stock will move to mickeybritt 01/12/17 12:46:29 PM
#414576   "Weak stupid spineless old men"... jeffree 01/12/17 12:38:18 PM
#414575   InterDigital, Inc. - Common Stock Gamco 01/12/17 11:47:06 AM
#414574   "let them play...early in the day"...says the general... jeffree 01/12/17 10:41:31 AM
#414573   It is Christmas in January????? mickeybritt 01/12/17 10:22:57 AM
#414572   Just a gut feeling but something tells me mickeybritt 01/12/17 09:52:18 AM
#414571   It is not hard to understand the lack loophole73 01/12/17 08:24:18 AM
#414570   Fish, reading your"good old days" comments was comical. dws 01/12/17 07:59:57 AM
#414569   FISH You are right it is a damn shame mickeybritt 01/12/17 07:25:40 AM
#414568   olddog: I agree with your comment I don;t FISH21049 01/12/17 07:10:40 AM
#414567   loophole: I don;t know why IDCC is olddog967 01/11/17 09:52:19 PM
#414566   Since we do not know any particulars regarding loophole73 01/11/17 07:08:19 PM
#414565   totally agree ... JohnSamuel 01/11/17 06:24:45 PM
#414564   We do not need splits before we significant my3sons87 01/11/17 06:04:31 PM
#414563   WayHaw: That is the latest public information olddog967 01/11/17 04:58:08 PM
#414562   Thanks OD. That shows me how up-to-date Fidelity WayHaw 01/11/17 04:26:06 PM
#414561   Hydro, IMO IDCC wont spend that kind of JimLur 01/11/17 04:20:04 PM
#414560   asr1 Sep options start when Jan's expire. mickeybritt 01/11/17 03:55:32 PM