Simon Phipps looks
at Microsoft's Nokia acquisition
with an emphasis on Nokia's patents.
"By divesting its devices business yet retaining ownership of the
patents that relate to them, Nokia has immunized itself from retaliatory
action when it makes future patent offensives. In the past, a company such
as Google -- most likely Nokia's primary target -- could retaliate by
attacking Nokia's infringement of its own patents, but that line of defense
is no longer available since all the products now belong to
Microsoft. That's the background to Nokia's statement that it 'plans to
continue to build Nokia's patent portfolio [and] to expand its
industry-leading technology licensing program.'
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