Nokia has to pay InterDigital Communications over US$230 million, according to a ruling by a New York judge. The ruling confirms a decision made by a court of arbitration in June.

In 2003, the companies sought binding arbitration through the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce after they disagreed over how to interpret a licensing agreement regarding InterDigital patents used by Nokia. Earlier this year, the arbitration court decided that Nokia owed InterDigital over $230 million.

InterDigital sought the decision made today by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in order to convert the arbitration court’s judgment into a court judgment so that InterDigital can legally force Nokia to pay, if necessary. Nokia argued that the arbitration court’s decision should be dismissed, InterDigital said.

InterDigital will pursue additional legal options if Nokia does not now pay the specified amount, InterDigital said.