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[3]: This...
by ozonehole on Wed 4th Sep 2013 02:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: This..."
ozonehole
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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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RE[4]: This...
by galvanash on Wed 4th Sep 2013 05:51 in reply to "RE[3]: This..."
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

See this:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/09/nokia-confirms-patent-at...

Microsoft buys BB, same thing - but since they would likely be reduced to nothing BUT their patents - they in effect become the SCO of the mobile world...

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