Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Sep 2013 11:46 UTC
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Microsoft paid billions for a license to Nokia's patents, but the company has made explicit that Nokia still owns the patents. The genius of this move is that it allows Microsoft to double down on its patent war with Android. Microsoft boasts that the majority of Android phones sold worldwide have already paid for a license to Microsoft patents. By 2011, patent licensing revenue exceeded Microsoft's revenue from Windows Phone.

Now, Nokia can go after Android phone makers for royalties - even ones that have already paid Microsoft.

When pressed on the issue today, a Nokia spokesman confirmed that more patent licensing is indeed part of the plan.

So, without products, Nokia will become a true patent troll. Good to know.

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RE: Comment by Deviate_X
by Stephen! on Wed 4th Sep 2013 19:27 UTC in reply to "Comment by Deviate_X"
Stephen!
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I think Microsoft actually Won the patent war, sometime ago, everyone but Google is paying up, and they can only evade that for a limited amount of time.


Wouldn't Microsoft suing Google require Microsoft to actual reveal to Google what the supposedly infringing patents actually are?

Isn't this why the patents are keep secret, since Google could probably modify Android to work around them?

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