Google accuses Microsoft and Nokia

Monday, June 4th, 2012 7:30:20 by

Google has filed a formal complaint in the European Union against Microsoft and Nokia for "conspiring" with the joint use of its patents to litigate against their rivals in the mobile phone industry.

In the complaint, Google has said that Microsoft and Nokia have formed a group called MOSAID, where 1,200 patents have been transferred and would be responsible for presenting complaints to the courts.

“Nokia and Microsoft are working together to increase devices costs for the consumer, creating patent trolls which don’t play by the same rules (of not using patents in an offensive nature) as promised by the two companies.”

“MOSAID may be in breach of a 2005 regulatory agreement Nokia signed where it said Linux Kernel-related patents would not be enforced.” Google has reported in a statement.

Google, meanwhile, has acknowledged some more charges after submitting the written complaint "to the European union. For Microsoft, it is a desperate tactic by Google. The search engine company had conceded that they are also planning
to approach the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission.

Out of the 2000 patents, 1200 patents are essential patents meaning they need to be fairly licensed to others, including the Smartphones rivals as they are vital for compatibility across the phone industry.

“Google is complaining about antitrust in the smartphone industry when it controls more than 95 percent of mobile search and advertising.” Microsoft said in an emailed statement.

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