Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 22:35 UTC, submitted by Adurbe

Joaquin Almunia's strongest language was reserved for Nokia, which is in the process of selling its devices business to Microsoft, giving rise to fears that the remaining part of Nokia will make more aggressive use of its patents portfolio.

Almunia said that the commission had dismissed the possibility that "Nokia would be tempted to behave like a patent troll" when it cleared the way for Microsoft to acquire Nokia's devices division - but warned that "if Nokia were to take illegal advantage of its patents in the future, we will open an antitrust case."

This is a real threat. The gutted Nokia still holds a considerable amount of patents, and they've already shown remarkable willingness to sue Android device makers over them. Good to know the EU is on top of it.

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Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Mon 9th Dec 2013 22:56 UTC
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There is something weird with this warning. Nokia already became a troll, when they attacked free VPx codec with their patents. So why didn't EU say anything? Pretending as if nothing happened and Nokia "can become a troll in the future" misses the point here and looks like empty hands waving.

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by phoenix on Mon 9th Dec 2013 23:18 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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At that time, they had devices using the patents in question? Whereas now they no longer make devices that use the patents, thus making them a "non-practising entity" aka troll?

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Mon 9th Dec 2013 23:48 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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Their patent attack still stands (it's just partially refuted). So now it became troll attack. As if it was acceptable before that?

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