Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 22:35 UTC, submitted by Adurbe

Joaquin Almunia's strongest language was reserved for Nokia, which is in the process of selling its devices business to Microsoft, giving rise to fears that the remaining part of Nokia will make more aggressive use of its patents portfolio.

Almunia said that the commission had dismissed the possibility that "Nokia would be tempted to behave like a patent troll" when it cleared the way for Microsoft to acquire Nokia's devices division - but warned that "if Nokia were to take illegal advantage of its patents in the future, we will open an antitrust case."

This is a real threat. The gutted Nokia still holds a considerable amount of patents, and they've already shown remarkable willingness to sue Android device makers over them. Good to know the EU is on top of it.

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RE: Cheaper to buy them...
by mutantsushi on Tue 10th Dec 2013 01:51 UTC in reply to "Cheaper to buy them..."
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Sure, but with no big european OS, there really isn't justification/motivation for the EU in particular to do so.

On a tax basis, I'm sure their patent holdings are licenced thru a shell company e.g. in the Netherlands where 'licencing fees' are not subject to any tax... Whether by 'patent trolls' or 'practicing entities' licencing patents, patent licencing as a whole is simply a giant tax loophole in general for the whole world, the more patent licencing that goes on, the more economic activity exempted from tax, distoring things vs. those that can't avoid tax or can't as easily do so.

What exactly did the EU pay to Nokia, and did they ever get it back, or anything out of it? Some of that was to develop a european OS API/ecosystem, basically QT... Although I guess Sailfish (and Ubuntuphone) are products of that.

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