Nokia Tries to Explain Why it Handed Patents to Alleged "Troll"
June 1, 2012 7:39 PM
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Nokia and Microsoft shared 1,200 patents with a notorious patent troll MOSAID
Microsoft Corp. (
) are under fire for transferring 1,200 patents to MOSAID, a so-called "patent troll" (a company that does not produce product, but which subsists off junk lawsuits). MOSAID is reportedly targeting Google Inc. (
) with patent litigation.
Nokia spokesperson Mark Durrant in
defended his company's track record. He accuses some Android devices of "significant (intellectual property) infringement issues."
And he adds, "Though we have not yet seen the complaint, Google's suggestion that Nokia and Microsoft are colluding on intellectual property rights is wrong. Both companies have their own intellectual property rights portfolios and strategies and operate independently."
started the global patent war
by suing Apple, Inc. (
) and Android phonemaker HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) (among others) for patent infringement. Its efforts were highly successful accounting for €500M (~$618M USD) in licensing fee earnings per year.
Apple and Microsoft have since taken the torch from Nokia, targeting Google and its partners with similar lawsuits.
Microsoft has long been implicated, at least peripherally, in
accusations of patent trolling
. Its former chief technology officer (CTO), Nathan Myrhvold went on to found Intellectual Ventures, a firm
have called the
biggest patent troll in existence today
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RE: Black Ops
6/2/2012 9:00:57 PM
When was the last time Apple engaged in a hostile takeover?
Heck, how many companies does Apple take over in a given year? And how large are those companies? And what is Apple's motivation for acquiring them?
To assume Apple has any interest whatsoever in a hostile takeover of Nokia represents paranoia run riot.
"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
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