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Joaquin Almunia will open an antitrust case against Nokia if it becomes a patent troll

The European Union (EU) recently sent a clear message to Nokia: Don't become a "patent troll."
 
Joaquin Almunia, head of competition at the European Commission (which is the executive body of the EU), spoke about his approval of the $7.2 billion sale of Nokia's devices and services division to Microsoft while in Paris today. 
 
But Almunia warned that Nokia could try to "extract higher returns" since it only sold its devices and services to Microsoft -- not its patent portfolio. 
 
"In other words...behave like a patent troll, or to use a more polite phrase, a patent assertion entity," said Almunia. 
 
If Nokia attempts to behave that way, Almunia said he would open an antitrust case against the Finnish company.


Joaquin Almunia layin' down the law. [SOURCE: 9 to 5 Mac]

Microsoft purchased Nokia's devices and services business back in September of this year for $7.2 billion (that's $5 billion for devices and services, and $2.2 billion to license Nokia's patents for 10 years). Microsoft is also gaining 32,000 Nokia employees. 
 
The transaction will be finalized during the first quarter of 2014.

Nokia attempting to take advantage of its patents illegally could be a real headache for Microsoft, which is busy with a list of other tasks right now like restructuring the company and finding a new CEO

It would also be a shame to see more patent wars out there, since Apple and Samsung have already launched enough patent disputes globally. The two companies have been fighting over patents since 2011, when Apple initially accused Samsung of being an iPhone and iPad copycat and tried to ban its Galaxy devices as well as many others around the world. Samsung fought back in an effort to protect its devices and intellectual property while trying to grab a few iPhone bans as well. 

Source: Associated Press



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Done
By Motoman on 12/9/2013 1:45:07 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
EU to Nokia: Don't Even Think About Becoming a Patent Troll


...because Apple has patented the concept and implementation of being a patent troll.




Wrong
By tsgdss on 12/9/2013 11:42:43 AM , Rating: 4
He said:

“If Nokia were to take illegal advantage of its patents in the future, we will open an antitrust case – but I sincerely hope we will not have to.”

He said ABUSE not monetize.
What abuse of IP means you need to find out yourself.




Guy doesn't get it
By Irene Ringworm on 12/9/2013 3:45:27 PM , Rating: 1
Does this guy even understand what a patent troll is? Nokia's got an impressive patent portfolio that they came by honestly. They can and ought to monetize it in any way possible, both by licensing and litigating against infringement. There's a big difference between a 'once-practicing' and 'non-practicing' entity.




RE: Guy doesn't get it
By BZDTemp on 12/9/2013 5:57:50 PM , Rating: 3
I'm sure he gets it and I'm sure he is not saying Nokia can't use it's patents he is simply saying they should not be Apple.


???
By bug77 on 12/9/2013 11:50:02 AM , Rating: 2
I would have never guessed he knows what a troll is.




Nokia to EU
By Reclaimer77 on 12/9/13, Rating: 0
Own goal
By YearOfTheDingo on 12/9/13, Rating: -1
RE: Own goal
By A11 on 12/9/2013 11:48:37 AM , Rating: 1
Socialism man.


RE: Own goal
By ZorkZork on 12/9/2013 11:49:29 AM , Rating: 2
Because contrary to the beliefs here, the European Commission is not about granting unfair advantages to european companies. Its job is to promote growth in Europe and to protect european citizens/consumers (among other things).


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