Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Sep 2013 11:46 UTC
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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]: Ultimate irony
by bnolsen on Wed 4th Sep 2013 18:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Ultimate irony"
bnolsen
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2006-01-06

Starting from scratch is where nokia needs to be then. The nokia brand is still decent, they could rely on chinese manufacturing to design and build their phones, put on non junked up vanilla android, keep updates going and become a player again very quickly.

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RE[3]: Ultimate irony
by Nelson on Wed 4th Sep 2013 23:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Ultimate irony"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Starting from scratch is where nokia needs to be then. The nokia brand is still decent, they could rely on chinese manufacturing to design and build their phones, put on non junked up vanilla android, keep updates going and become a player again very quickly.


I really don't think this is going to happen, but to each his own. If core Nokia wanted to remain in devices, they would've retained D&S.

They essentially spun off Devices with Microsoft picking it up.

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