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

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 mutantsushi
by mutantsushi on Tue 10th Dec 2013 01:53 UTC
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2006-08-18

I wonder what the EU does expect Nokia to do with the patents though...
Is there some scope of acceptable licencing vs. non-acceptable?
What other point is there in them approving the sale of the device division without that patents,
if not for the remaining Nokia to licence those patents out?
The EU is the ones who approved the creation of a non-practicing entity.

Edited 2013-12-10 01:53 UTC

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RE: Comment by mutantsushi
by Fergy on Tue 10th Dec 2013 09:58 in reply to "Comment by mutantsushi"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I wonder what the EU does expect Nokia to do with the patents though...
Is there some scope of acceptable licencing vs. non-acceptable?
What other point is there in them approving the sale of the device division without that patents,
if not for the remaining Nokia to licence those patents out?
The EU is the ones who approved the creation of a non-practicing entity.

Patent trolling is about stupid patents that should never have been given out.
Lets say you invent a new kind of keyboard and get a patent on it. Nobody would call you a patent troll if you want license money for everybody who uses your technology even though you or your company doesn't make keyboards.
Lets say you describe a new way of inputting text in a smartphone and you get a patent on that. Everybody would call you a patent troll if you wanted money for anyone that used that new way of inputting text.

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