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June 3, 2012

Nokia denies Google’s patent claims

Google complains that both Microsoft and Nokia are using patent trolls to hurt prospects of its Android system

By CBR Staff Writer

Nokia has dismissed allegations made by Google that it was colluding with Microsoft to make money out of their patents.

The response has come from Nokia after Google has filed a complaint with the European Commission and the US Department of Justice and the US Federal Trade Commission alleging that both the companies "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, " Google added.

Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant was reported by Reuters as saying though the company has not yet seen the complaint, Google’s suggestion that the company and Microsoft are colluding on intellectual property rights is wrong.

"Both companies have their own intellectual property rights portfolios and strategies and operate independently," he added.

Google has alleged that Microsoft and Nokia had sold about 2000 wireless patents in 2011 to Canadian Mosaid Technologies, a "patent troll" or organisation which files aggressive patent lawsuits and holds patents, but does not produce its own products.

In September 2011, Mosaid acquired 2,000 Nokia patents including a number of patents related to to various phone standards and Microsoft is said to have given its control over a number of patents.

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The search giant stated both the companies are using patent trolls to enforce their patents, raising the prices of mobile devices for consumers and hurting its Android prospects in the marketplace.

Finland based Nokia manufactures and markets mobile products, Google manufactures Android smartphone while Microsoft markets its own brand of Windows smartphones.

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