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Google Accuses Microsoft, Nokia of Patent Conspiracy

Reuters reports that Google just filed a formal complaint with the European Commission stating that Microsoft and Nokia have conspired to use their patents against smartphone industry rivals.

According to Google's complaint, Microsoft and Nokia are using proxy companies to brandish patents and hurt the future of Android. Currently Google's mobile OS commands the smartphone sector, as it's provided free to manufacturers. The OS can also be used on tablets and other form factors.

Google's complaint claims that Microsoft and Nokia have transferred 1,200 patents for assertion to a proxy company called Mosaid Technologies. Google described this group as a "patent troll," or a holder of patents that litigates them aggressively and shares the resulting revenue.

Google described its filing as a pre-emptive measure against a developing legal hazard for Android partners. The company wants to prevent a possible threat that could push its partners into using Windows Phone instead.

"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 a statement. "They should be held accountable, and we hope our complaint spurs others to look into these practices."

The search engine giant said that Nokia is betraying its previous commitments to open-source software -- which uses collective engineering -- by colluding with Microsoft and Mosaid. It's also betraying the protection of essential technologies from legal threats.

News of Google's complaint follows a letter submitted to the Justice Department back in October by an attorney for Barnes & Noble. The complaint said that Microsoft's partnership with Mosaid is evidence of "Microsoft's broader plan to shield itself from patent lawsuits while also eliminating competition from Android."

Both Microsoft and Nokia have declined to comment on the new complaint. Google stated that it plans to share its complaint with U.S. competition regulators.

  • mosu
    Wasn't it obvious?Shame on Nokia, I was expecting this from MSFT.
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  • jdwii
    Who here is sick of hearing the world Patent and pirating?
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  • kartu
    Step 1, fire Nokia's CEO.
    Step 2, hire new CEO, "incidentally" former Microsoft Manager
    Step 3, turn former #1 phone manufacturer capable of producing great hardware into Microsoft's delivery boy
    Step 4, Oh, nobody buys Wondoze smartphones, oh, Nokia is losing market share, oh, but Microsoft is merely not gaining market share, so it's OK
    Step 5, Let's involve Nokia in large scale abusing of wicked sick patent systems, that allow to patent "showing animated icon in browser's loading page".

    What I don't get is, what the hell are Nokia's shareholders thinking?!?!?! Stop idiotic "microsoft only" policy, produce god damn android phones, focus on hardware, let consumer choose OS. I recall YOU'VE PREVIEWD multi platform phone, where is that thing!?!?
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  • Zingam_Duo
    kartuStep 1, fire Nokia's CEO.Step 2, hire new CEO, "incidentally" former Microsoft ManagerStep 3, turn former #1 phone manufacturer capable of producing great hardware into Microsoft's delivery boyStep 4, Oh, nobody buys Wondoze smartphones, oh, Nokia is losing market share, oh, but Microsoft is merely not gaining market share, so it's OKStep 5, Let's involve Nokia in large scale abusing of wicked sick patent systems, that allow to patent "showing animated icon in browser's loading page".What I don't get is, what the hell are Nokia's shareholders thinking?!?!?! Stop idiotic "microsoft only" policy, produce god damn android phones, focus on hardware, let consumer choose OS. I recall YOU'VE PREVIEWD multi platform phone, where is that thing!?!?
    Dude, I have Nokia phone. I had Nokia phone before that and Nokia phone before it and one more before that... and so on...
    I am not getting any Nokia now and maybe never again and certainly none with M$ logo on it!
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  • Zingam_Duo
    :) Maybe if Nokia comes to their senses and produce a nice Android or Meego phone... I'll be a customer once again.
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  • kohvipaus
    Nokia won't touch Android that I can tell you, Meego phones are a possibility in the future but not right now as most their efforts go to WP7&8.

    As soon as Nokia goes the track of Android I'll sure as hell will sell my shares as quick as I can.
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  • plekter
    In the end who looses? Us.
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  • martel80
    The search engine giant said that Nokia is betraying its previous commitments to open-source software -- which uses collective engineering -- by colluding with Microsoft and Mosaid.
    Since when is this against the law? People are allowed to change their minds so why couldn't companies?
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  • elcentral
    got the Nokia n8 atm going to upgrade to the Nokia 808, my last Nokia if its the last Symbian phone.
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  • mariusmotea
    Even if nokia phones will be a little more god than competition, even if windows phone 8 will be a little more god than android, i will never buyit because they play dirty
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