Google Files EU Complaint Against Nokia, Microsoft Over Alleged Patent Collusion

Posted on Jun 1 2012 - 5:28am by Editorial Staff

European Commission

The Verge reports 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”. “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,” a Google spokesman said in a statement. “They should be held accountable, and we hope our complaint spurs others to look into these practices.”

“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 percent of mobile search and advertising,” Microsoft said. Google’s complaint bears a hype as it is not clear yet that whether MOSAID is currently attempting to license the patents and isn’t the license is under FRAND terms.

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