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IDCC News: InterDigital and u-blox AG Extend Patent License Agreement 10/17/2017 08:30:00 AM
IDCC News: InterDigital Joins 4iP Council 10/17/2017 05:00:00 AM
IDCC News: InterDigital Announces Date for Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results 10/10/2017 08:30:00 AM
IDCC News: Boston, Chicago and Atlanta Top List of Cities Poised to Benefit Most From Smart City Tech 10/05/2017 04:00:00 AM
IDCC News: Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4) 10/02/2017 04:24:54 PM
#419511   More videos... jeffree 10/20/17 06:43:16 PM
#419510   surprising they didn't peg it at 75, decent gejebr3 10/20/17 04:04:11 PM
#419509   3 new videos on IDCC website... jeffree 10/20/17 01:10:28 PM
#419508   Following is an overview to changes that occurred patopinion 10/19/17 11:20:37 PM
#419507   Gamco: What is confusing about today's VIA olddog967 10/18/17 11:36:00 PM
#419506   Tw=exastwnnis Then why in the world does IDCC continue mickeybritt 10/18/17 07:57:07 PM
#419505   FWIW 97 Percent of All Patents Never Make Any Texastennis 10/18/17 07:30:09 PM
#419504   Just curious????? mickeybritt 10/18/17 06:26:39 PM
#419503   olddog967 - I read it as creating a Gamco 10/18/17 04:05:59 PM
#419502   Gamco: The way I read today's announcement olddog967 10/18/17 03:57:45 PM
#419501   olddog967 - But Via is a defensive patent Gamco 10/18/17 03:47:32 PM
#419500   Gamco: VIA's LTE licensing fee schedule: olddog967 10/18/17 03:39:09 PM
#419499   re; ANY THOUGHTS? jeffree 10/18/17 02:52:32 PM
#419498   Via Licensing Forms Defensive Aggregation Patent Bank for Gamco 10/18/17 02:01:37 PM
#419497   Qualcomm's Apple Suit to Play Out in Specialist Gamco 10/18/17 01:53:31 PM
#419496   So far not exactly a vote of confidence jjff 10/18/17 11:01:22 AM
#419495   this best in class licensing is so busy mister 10/18/17 11:00:10 AM
#419494   Dividend reinvestment time...??? jeffree 10/18/17 09:55:37 AM
#419493   which of you guys bought the 8,038 at JohnSamuel 10/18/17 09:33:19 AM
#419492   olddog967, Good thing IDCC has a billion bucks coming IDCCfan 10/17/17 10:51:37 PM
#419491   I am confused why IDCC signed a license olddog967 10/17/17 09:45:01 PM
#419490   Apple Patent Loss Lurches Up To $439M In Paullee 10/17/17 09:37:32 PM
#419489   That new agreement has us rockin and a jjff 10/17/17 02:20:41 PM
#419488   United States Patent 9,793,975 Gamco 10/17/17 01:46:47 PM
#419487   United States Patent 9,794,031 Gamco 10/17/17 01:46:15 PM
#419486   United States Patent 9,794,824 Gamco 10/17/17 01:45:23 PM
#419485   United States Patent 9,794,913 Gamco 10/17/17 01:44:45 PM
#419484   United States Patent 9,794,916 Gamco 10/17/17 01:44:13 PM
#419483   u-blox 2016 results : JohnSamuel 10/17/17 01:30:21 PM
#419482   I’m Curious, as the world’s big technology companies IDCCfan 10/17/17 11:30:34 AM
#419481   all they can manage is a renewal from mister 10/17/17 11:21:50 AM
#419480   Where there are little fish big fish are my3sons87 10/17/17 11:03:03 AM
#419479   FISH I would like to see them sign a mickeybritt 10/17/17 09:57:50 AM
#419478   Our BEST IN CLASS SALES TEAM finally delivers FISH21049 10/17/17 08:49:38 AM
#419477   InterDigital and u-blox AG Extend Patent License Agreement FISH21049 10/17/17 08:47:17 AM
#419476   InterDigital Joins 4iP Council FISH21049 10/17/17 08:23:34 AM
#419475   Thank you and Gamco for the responses loophole73 10/17/17 06:21:19 AM
#419474   loophole: A supplemental, post in response to you olddog967 10/16/17 11:45:30 PM
#419473   loophole: I assume you are referring to olddog967 10/16/17 05:05:36 PM
#419472   IDCC After Hours Time (ET) Gamco 10/16/17 04:21:47 PM
#419471   IDCC single transaction at the close: Gamco 10/16/17 04:03:19 PM
#419470   Conversion of Notes Gamco 10/16/17 03:09:16 PM
#419469   Old dog, do you recall when the 93 loophole73 10/16/17 02:57:21 PM
#419468   On a Macro level...can U.S. politics affect markets... jeffree 10/16/17 02:52:25 PM
#419467   Apple to appeal five-year-long patent battle after $439.7 Gamco 10/16/17 02:18:35 PM
#419466   <<Mickey, you are aloud to go to the LTE 10/16/17 11:56:08 AM
#419465   Huawei aims to challenge Apple and Samsung on gejebr3 10/16/17 09:51:32 AM
#419464   Gamco I like the potential of the company and mickeybritt 10/16/17 05:28:24 AM
#419463   Mickey, you are aloud to go to Paullee 10/15/17 03:41:55 PM
#419462   If you don't like the company then sell Going2Good 10/15/17 02:25:38 PM