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.