We reported earlier today that Google has filed an official complaint with the EU accusing Nokia and Microsoft over alleged patent collusion with MOSAID, the Canadian IP licensing firm that Google’s called as a “patent troll”. In a statement, a Google spokesperson said:
“Nokia and Microsoft are colluding to raise the costs of mobile devices for consumers, creating patent trolls that sidestep promises both companies have made. They should be held accountable, and we hope our complaint spurs others to look into these practices.”
Soon after this, Nokia & Microsoft responded back to Google’s complaint over patent trolling, calling it as “desperate” and “wrong”. Here are official statement of both Nokia and Microsoft, via The Register.
“Nokia has made regular patent divestments over the last five years. In each case, any commitments made for standards-essential patents transfer to the acquirer and existing licences for the patents continue,” a spokesperson said.
“Had Google asked us, we would have been happy to confirm this, which could then have avoided them wasting the commission’s time and resources on such a frivolous complaint,” they added scathingly.
“Google is complaining about patents when it won’t respond to growing concerns by regulators, elected officials and judges about its abuse of standard-essential patents, and it is complaining about antitrust in the smartphone industry when it controls more than 95 per cent of mobile search and advertising,” an MS spokesperson told The Register in an emailed statement today. “This seems like a desperate tactic on their part.”