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[3]: Ultimate irony
by shmerl on Wed 4th Sep 2013 19:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ultimate irony"
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Jolla would be mad to agree to that. Those people left Nokia on purpose. They have no desire to repeat the same problems all over again.

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RE[4]: Ultimate irony
by Ithamar on Thu 5th Sep 2013 23:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Ultimate irony"
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Does this comment remind anyone of a company called Be, Inc, which decided it wasn't worth "coming home" to Apple either? (Just before they ran out of money and died).....

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