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IDCC News: InterDigital Announces Date for Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results 10/02/2015 08:30:00 AM
IDCC News: InterDigital Expands Convida Wireless Research Scope With Sony and Enters Into Patent License Agreement 09/30/2015 04:41:50 PM
IDCC News: InterDigital Adds Robert H. Riordan to Technical Advisory Council 09/29/2015 08:30:00 AM
IDCC News: InterDigital, Intel and Alcatel-Lucent to Discuss 5g in TIA Panel 09/24/2015 08:30:00 AM
IDCC News: InterDigital's Board of Directors Declares Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend 09/23/2015 04:30:00 PM
#404086  Sticky Note IDCC legal dates dndodd 10/02/15 11:24:15 AM
#392981  Sticky Note Let's make it simple: Fog1937 12/02/14 10:38:12 AM
#382423  Sticky Note Sticky info: Analyst Reports, Rmarchma Reference Information, etc. postyle 02/21/14 03:45:14 PM
#404120   A rising tide lifts all boats. eom zombywolf 10/05/15 05:55:21 PM
#404119   Good day for the share price today... very bulldzr 10/05/15 05:44:54 PM
#404118   ex-div date 10/09/15 jeffree 10/05/15 12:50:28 PM
#404117   nothing like FUD being silenced for a season, Limejuice22 10/05/15 11:55:29 AM
#404116   What Exactly Is “Recurring” Revenue at Tessera Technologies? dndodd 10/05/15 11:41:03 AM
#404115   The stock goes up, the boo birds go home. dws 10/05/15 11:18:35 AM
#404114   Recent court ruling may have nudged Google, Microsoft Gamco 10/05/15 10:06:42 AM
#404113   The 40 individuals who drive the global patent dndodd 10/05/15 09:46:16 AM
#404112 vieraf 10/03/15 12:27:18 PM
#404111   Actually he never invested in it till recently! jjff 10/02/15 10:41:23 PM
#404110   LOL, my price was $12 Mickey! jjff 10/02/15 10:32:03 PM
#404106   So I'm Microsoft and I don't know until squingeqbob 10/02/15 08:50:57 PM
#404105   jjiff Are you going to give him credit if mickeybritt 10/02/15 08:45:10 PM
#404104   Mickey chill! We're all adults here that was jjff 10/02/15 08:43:52 PM
#404103   I have my brother inlaw to blame! For jjff 10/02/15 08:33:46 PM
#404102   Gungrey {Poor baby blame Mickey for not doing your mickeybritt 10/02/15 08:21:25 PM
#404101   I hear ya....I bought in early part of Gungrey 10/02/15 08:07:11 PM
#404100   In the MMO/Nokia Delaware Court case the parties olddog967 10/02/15 07:07:55 PM
#404099   Lenovo deal next week... jeffree 10/02/15 04:32:23 PM
#404098   Not offended very frustrated! jjff 10/02/15 04:13:42 PM
#404097   i have also been here since 1999..did not asr1 10/02/15 03:47:55 PM
#404096   wellllll….. not too bad of a week Data_Rox 10/02/15 03:09:39 PM
#404095   thats what MSFT wants to do with IDCC...??! jeffree 10/02/15 02:41:52 PM
#404094   Microsoft, Asus deal combines Android patents, Office bundling Gamco 10/02/15 01:43:51 PM
#404093   This post needs to be removed as a dndodd 10/02/15 01:39:48 PM
#404092   Nice to see were holding $50 hrbart 10/02/15 01:09:11 PM
#404091   My bad, old news on delay! jjff 10/02/15 12:45:56 PM
#404090   I'm on my 16th year here you 2011! jjff 10/02/15 12:41:11 PM
#404089   Jiff..If you do not believe the company can asr1 10/02/15 12:35:25 PM
#404088   Jiff, It's a Screaming Buy or a Screaming hrbart 10/02/15 12:30:51 PM
#404087   The industry has tons of respect for IDCC jjff 10/02/15 12:16:19 PM
#404086   IDCC legal dates dndodd 10/02/15 11:24:15 AM
#404085   Investing in IDCC!!!!! mickeybritt 10/02/15 11:16:29 AM
#404084   the world wide commodity crash is causing some Limejuice22 10/02/15 10:47:52 AM
#404083   "I remind myself investing in common stocks is hrbart 10/02/15 10:44:25 AM
#404082   Do you see this market? We had a jjff 10/02/15 10:07:42 AM
#404081 sailfreeee 10/02/15 09:03:42 AM
#404080   Internet of things!!!!! mickeybritt 10/02/15 08:37:54 AM
#404079   gejebr3 Of course these analyst know nothing about IDCC mickeybritt 10/02/15 07:13:59 AM
#404078   jiff It's a way of life to sell shares, mickeybritt 10/02/15 06:00:00 AM
#404077   I remind myself investing in common stocks is Limejuice22 10/02/15 04:43:41 AM
#404076   so - do you buy before or after gejebr3 10/02/15 12:07:46 AM
#404075   It will never hit the 60's until a jjff 10/01/15 11:11:26 PM
#404074   meanwhile - we now have 3 analysts all gejebr3 10/01/15 10:51:03 PM
#404073   Maybe it should start with some insider buying jjff 10/01/15 08:58:04 PM
#404072   hrbart Apparently you have sold out already. I guess mickeybritt 10/01/15 08:01:25 PM
#404071   Somehow reminds me, jjff, of the old saying dilt1 10/01/15 06:18:43 PM
#404070   Google and Microsoft's patent peace: 3 unresolved questions Gamco 10/01/15 05:48:35 PM
#404069   ETF’s with exposure to InterDigital, Inc. : October dndodd 10/01/15 04:03:32 PM
#404068   "Apparently not much excitement over the news" hrbart 10/01/15 12:34:37 PM