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: Comment by shmerl
by Deviate_X on Wed 4th Sep 2013 16:14 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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"Nokia could decide to try to sell its patent portfolio as a whole if the company thought it could get a price approaching the Motorola deal, Pierantozzi said, adding that Microsoft likely was not willing to pay that much.

Nokia "probably just weren't getting the price they were looking for," he added.

Google should buy the patents, before some nasty troll gets them.

Lol. I think Google, and its manufacturers are the no.1 target for these patents.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Wed 4th Sep 2013 16:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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They are a target, or they buy them. That can be Nokia's plan.

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by Nelson on Wed 4th Sep 2013 19:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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Or Microsoft buys the rest, Google is by no means a lock. In fact I'd say they're at a disadvantage given what they paid for Moto

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