Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Sep 2013 11:46 UTC

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[2]: Comment by Deviate_X
by Deviate_X on Wed 4th Sep 2013 16:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Deviate_X"
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"Without a physical mobile business, Nokia is actually much far more nimbler and freer to maximize its IP potential, perhaps even more than MSFT have already done.

On what basis are you making that comment? They sold their phone business, patents would have been dealt with by their legal teams. So what has changed to make it easier to maximize their IP? Just because their overall business is smaller doesnt magically increase their legal team's size/capacity, they could have easily have shifted focus to IP issues without the sale.

Countersuites: tying other party up in legal issues, legal costs, injunctions, blocking product sales etc... pure IP companies (trolls) don't have to worry about being countered - this is why they exist.

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RE[3]: Comment by Deviate_X
by bassbeast on Sat 7th Sep 2013 21:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Deviate_X"
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Bingo, the reason why trolls are so dangerous is that MAD is off the table. With a normal company you can countersue and tie up their sales,no sales to tie up with a troll.

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