Nokia to become a patent troll?

Posted on Thursday, Sep 05 2013 @ 11:56 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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ARS Technica reports Nokia confirmed that it plans to continue to leverage its giant patent portfolio to make money. The site says one of the implications of this is that Android handset makers may get sued twice because Nokia can go after phone makers for royalties, even ones that have already paid Microsoft.
IP experts who spoke to Reuters said that Nokia's unusual decision to not sell the patents along with the business means that it has other plans for recouping value from those patents. While Nokia is not a "patent troll" because it will continue to have an operating business, it is effectively embracing a similar strategy. The combination of a powerful patent portfolio and no operating phone business to counter-sue will make Nokia a formidable opponent in court.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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