InterDigital Acquires Assets of Tantivy Communications, Inc.; Company Strengthens Existing Market Position in CDMA2000, Smart Antenna and Wireless LAN Technologies

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.--()--July 31, 2003--InterDigital Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:IDCC), a leading architect, designer and provider of wireless technology and product platforms, today announced that a wholly-owned subsidiary has acquired substantially all the assets of Tantivy Communications, Inc. (Tantivy), a developer of wireless data communications technology. Included in the acquisition are patents, patent applications, know-how, state-of-the art laboratory facilities, and other technologies related to CDMA2000, smart antenna, wireless LAN and other wireless communications technologies. Also included were the rights created under a November 2002 transaction whereby another InterDigital wholly-owned subsidiary acquired exclusive licensing rights to certain CDMA2000 patents and patent applications held by Tantivy.

Under the terms of the agreement, Tantivy was paid a total of $11.5 million, consisting of approximately $10 million in cash and cancellation of approximately $1.5 million in outstanding principal and interest from a loan previously provided to Tantivy. In addition, Tantivy will receive a minimal percentage of the compensation received by InterDigital on the licensing or sale of Tantivy smart antenna and 802.11 intellectual property.

"Acquiring the assets of Tantivy Communications further strengthens our existing CDMA2000 patent portfolio and competitive position in that marketplace, while broadening our offering to potential licensees and technology partners, " said Howard Goldberg, President and CEO of InterDigital. "It also effectively eliminates the earn-out obligation we had to Tantivy in connection with the exclusive license we entered into with them in 2002 regarding the CDMA2000-related patents With this transaction we are continuing the evolution of our patent licensing business and creating the opportunity for additional revenues. We also have added several key technologies that reach across multiple product platforms and wireless generations, thereby expanding our technology portfolio consistent with our strategic objectives.

"We welcome the talented people of Tantivy to InterDigital. They bring strong, complementary skills and expertise to our engineering teams. At the same, we are establishing a new development center in Melbourne, Florida, a very attractive and growing area for telecommunications technologies. We look forward to working with our new colleagues in extending the global reach and impact of their activities, and expanded access to their inventions, in CDMA2000, smart antenna and wireless LAN technologies," concluded Mr. Goldberg.

About InterDigital

InterDigital architects, designs and provides advanced wireless technologies and products that drive voice and data communications. The Company offers technology and product solutions for mainstream wireless applications that deliver cost and time-to-market advantages for its customers. InterDigital has a strong portfolio of patented technologies covering 2G, 2.5G and 3G standards, which it licenses worldwide. For more information, please visit InterDigital's web site: www.interdigital.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding our ability to create additional licensing revenues from and the key nature of the Tantivy patents and technologies acquired. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and actual outcomes could differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, (i) the market relevance of such acquired technologies, changes in technology preferences of strategic partners, and the availability or development of substitute technologies or competition from competitive technologies; (ii) the implementation of design-arounds to the acquired Tantivy patents; (iii) differing interpretations of and changes to standards; (iv) our ability to successfully market and license the CDMA2000, smart antenna, and wireless LAN patents and technology acquired; (v) the performance of our licensees in selling their products; (vi) our ability to adequately enforce and protect our patents and intellectual property rights as well as developments in current patent litigation matters; and (vii) other factors listed in our most recently filed Forms 10-K and 10-Q, respectively. We undertake no duty to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

InterDigital is a registered trademark of InterDigital Communications Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts

InterDigital Communications Corporation
Media Contact:
Guy Hicks, 610-878-7800
email: guy.hicks@interdigital.com
or
Investor Contact:
Janet Point, 610-878-7800
email: janet.point@interdigital.com

Contacts

InterDigital Communications Corporation
Media Contact:
Guy Hicks, 610-878-7800
email: guy.hicks@interdigital.com
or
Investor Contact:
Janet Point, 610-878-7800
email: janet.point@interdigital.com