Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 21:21 UTC
Microsoft

Microsoft's agreement to buy Nokia's handset business, codenamed Project Gold Medal, was more of a sprint than a marathon.

Talks between the two companies began in February after both sides agreed a two-year-old collaboration on smartphone development wasn't working, according to people familiar with the deal.

This cannot be true. Internet commenters told me in no uncertain terms that Nokia and Windows Phone were doing just fine. And internet commenters are always right.

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RE: This...
by Vanders on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 23:01 UTC in reply to "This..."
Vanders
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"Meanwhile, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft is keeping an eye on BlackBerry Ltd.


I think the other shoe is going to drop pretty soon... Nokia by itself is quite a prize, but Nokia + (parts of) Blackberry makes a whole lot more sense.
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I'd imagine that any move towards Blackberry would cause a lot of scrutiny from various regulatory agencies around the world. That would be a lot of essential patents (Nokia + Blackberry) for a single company to own.

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RE[2]: This...
by galvanash on Wed 4th Sep 2013 00:32 in reply to "RE: This..."
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2006-01-25

I'd imagine that any move towards Blackberry would cause a lot of scrutiny from various regulatory agencies around the world. That would be a lot of essential patents (Nokia + Blackberry) for a single company to own.


Microsoft is not buying Nokia's patents in their deal - they are licensing them. Nokia still retains ownership of their patent portfolio, but Microsoft essentially has bought a 10 year universal license to all of their patents.

Which is why I think when it comes to BB what they will want to do something very similar, i.e. license their patent portfolio but keep BB around as a separate entity to manage them.

Remember when Microsoft licensed SCO's linux patents? Remember their investment in SCO? Remember what happened next?

I think Nokia has too much upside to turn into another SCO, but Blackberry is a different story. BB's future may just be as MSFT's attack dog against Google...

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RE[3]: This...
by ozonehole on Wed 4th Sep 2013 02:15 in reply to "RE[2]: This..."
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2006-01-07

Patents are only valid for 20 years, and Nokia's patents are mostly from 10 years ago. If Microsoft is licensing them rather than buying, I assume it's some kind of legal maneuver to get around anti-trust laws or to avoid counter-suits. It certainly won't help Nokia to hold onto their patents once they've expired.

Edited 2013-09-04 02:17 UTC

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