Google Accuses Microsoft and Nokia of Collusion Over Wireless Patents
Published on: 2nd Jun 2012
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Google has filed a complaint with the European Commission accusing Microsoft and Nokia of conspiring to use their patent pools against other smartphone vendors, such as Android handset manufacturers.
Google said in a statement that "Nokia and Microsoft are colluding to raise the costs of mobile devices for consumers, creating patent trolls that side-step promises both companies have made,"
The patent troll comment relates to a decision last September by Nokia to sell some 2,000 patents to the patent holding company and regular lawsuit filer, Mosaid Technologies. Approximately 1,200 patents and applications have been declared essential to mobile networks.
"Nokia and Microsoft are colluding to raise the costs of mobile devices for consumers, creating patent trolls that side-step promises both companies have made," Google said in its statement. "They should be held accountable, and we hope our complaint spurs others to look into these practices."
Reacting, Microsoft said that "Google is complaining about antitrust in the smartphone industry when it controls more than 95 percent of mobile search and advertising,"
"Google is complaining about patents when it won't respond to growing concerns [...] about its abuse of standard-essential patents,"
Nokia denied the allegations of collusion and said that when it sells patents to other companies, the requirements covering standards-essential patent licensing remain unaffected.
However, Nokia warned that the Android OS still infringes its patents and is seeking a resolution with Google over the issue.