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 Nelson
by mutantsushi on Wed 4th Sep 2013 21:28 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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If Nokia is no longer in the device business but is just licencing patents to others in that business, there is no difference vs. a patent troll. What is the difference between the 'creator' corporation selling patents to a patent troll and the 'creator' corporation selling all productive assets to another corporation leaving the original corp as a patent holding company?

Obviously this doesn't change anything for their network gear division.
But equally obviously, MS actually purchased a licence for the patents associated with Nokia's former device division. If those are useless to phones/devices, why would MS licence them when MS isn't in the network gear business?

Edited 2013-09-04 21:36 UTC

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