South Korean technological alliances anxious about Microsoft's Nokia acquisition

South Korean technological alliances anxious about Microsoft's Nokia acquisition

Microsoft's Nokia acquistion hassparked concerns among the associations of South Korean technologicalmanufacturers about possible opportunities for patent abuse. As thetwo companies are undergoing business combination reviews in thecountry under supervision by the Fair Trade Commission, localmanufacturers have petitioned the bureau about the possibleconsequences of the merger. Reportedly, they fear that Microsoftcould utilize Nokia's large patent portfolio in anti-competitivepractices.



This sounds quite ambiguous, asMicrosoft doesn't actually own Nokia's patents - it has only licensedthem for use in products. Likewise, Korean firms fear that Nokia hasthe ability to use MS' mobile patents to sue or demand increasedroyalties from Korean firms if it chooses to do so. Or in otherwords, to become a "patent troll". Again, this seemsunjustified, as the company only has “reciprocal rights” to useMicrosoft patents in its HERE services.



Earlier this year, Nokia's CTO HenryTirri explained that after handing over its mobile business toMicrosoft, the company will turn its focus to technological research,development, and patent licensing. Nokia has one of the largestcommunication portfolios in the industry and it's understandable thatit will be looking to turn it into a revenue source. It seemsthat the company's new patent-centric business is making Asianmanufacturers feel uneasy about its presence. However, Tirri insiststhat Nokia will not become a patent troll, but it will follow otherlicensing companies' good business practices.



Nokia's Microsoft acquisition hasalready been approved in the USA, Europe, and India, but it's yet toget an "yes" from Korean and Chinese authorities.



sources: BusinessKorea, NokiaPower User

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47 Comments

1. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Irony here is, that these copycats and thieves are worried about the most honest mobile OEM in the world. Imagine all those patents in hands of shameless Shamesung, yeah its easy to see what they would do with them. A copycat knows all dirty tricks and knows how to be worried too. Problem here is, that not all are the same. Not everyone act like shameless thieves and copycats.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

With all the Samsung patents, I have yet to hear that they sue any one with it other then the ones that are actively fighting them like Apple and LG. Altair is a bitter Samsung hater. Lol! I wonder what kind of kick he gets from trolling Samsung. I will just keep buying Samsung like the rest of the world and leave the bitter hater to drown in their own misery.

5. papss unregistered

I agree with the first part. The Koreas that have many of the worst copycat offenders and china that is the biggest offender of copycats. They had no problem with patent troll google stripping a legendary company of its only real asset and then sold the carcass to a foreign mfg. If I were a betting man I'd say google did some persuasion here. It reeks of there nonsense

31. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Did you really just call Google a patent troll but you proudly defend one of the biggest patent trolls on the planet in M$? And wasn't it Microsoft that engineered the downfall of one of its greatest rivals and are now going to strip it of some of its most valuable resources, watch it twist in the wind and scoop up whats left? Dude, you're as funny as the day is long. Seriously, someone call Palpatine, the HATE is STRONG in this one!

33. papss unregistered

Nice spin on reality and stop with the star wars references.. Its pretty lame dude. did m$ take Nokia's patents? No okay then

36. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

No, that was Microsoft, and Nokia, that "engineered the downfall of one of its greatest rivals".....

40. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Just MS and their mole actually, the poor saps working at Nokia had no real say in it. Also, MS did take some of Nokia's patents and will likely use them for trolling purposes guaranteed.

41. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Was it Nokia's decision or not? Yes! That is fact.. Because the cleaning crew didn't like it doesn't mean that it wasn't a conscious, lawful, and competent decision made by Nokia.... .............. How immature is it that you would think of MS as some kind of pirate, like they overtook Nokia in some kind of unjust way, against Nokias will.. Lol! Grow up...... It's called business whether you like it or not.

12. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

So which current handset from Samsung looks like nokia? Problem is with MS more so than Nokia since MS is already collecting royalties from every android manufacturer

34. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Yes, god forbid that if companies use technology that you developed they should pay you royalties to use it. That just makes no sense. /s

46. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You can't expect logic from trolls..

29. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

MS is the most honest mobile OEM in the world? Well now I've heard everything.

2. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

why should they be afraid if they are not violating any of those patents? nokia is dying and windows phone couldn't make big strides. they should expect what they should expect.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nokia will not die.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

except that it will. And once the transition is complete and Nokia is a part of MS they'll also let the Nokia X rot. They'll probably stop the release of a successor or discontinue the support and updates for the device (which BTW is built upon AOSP 4.1, released ages ago).

7. papss unregistered

I think that largely depends on how profitable the x line is .

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

MS doesn't care about customers or sales. Remember what they did to WP 7 owners ? Also, I am yet to find a reason why someone would chose Nokia X over Lumia 520 which is a very successful, well-supported phone. Not to mention way better app store than Nokia X's. Also, AOSP 4.1 is not that great on lower specs and might lag unlike Kitkat. Also 4.1 was very vulnerable to malwares as it didn't had Google's Bouncer which routinely checks your phone for suspicious apps.

10. papss unregistered

They don't care about customers or sales? Now that's just silly talk.

17. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Doesn't care about customers or sales... Foolish!... Tell that to the millions of people using, and continuing to purchase, MS products everyday... .................. They are buying a devices division and they don't care about sales?... Ok.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

accept* I don't think so, but if this things happens then no one will trust Nokia and this would also affect MS. As most of the WP 7 / 7.5 users moved to Android because of no support or got only or restricted to 7.8.

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I did mean 'except'

16. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Most moved?... Proof please.. And, I won't argue with you if its valid.

20. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I don't have any online proofs to show you my friend :) but couple of my friends out of 3 (in Mumbai where I stay) moved to Android. The reason was no upgrade to 8/8.1 and yes Apps.

25. papss unregistered

I've moved a few from android to wp8 because of malware and lagging.. I don't have proof but it happened ;)

38. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

We don't need proof.....

37. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

A couple of your friends.... Ok.... Clock out, dude.. You're fired.

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Hey how are those android devices that cant move from 2.xx to 4.xx doing? I see them sold as new devices every day...welcome to reality

47. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Reality was apps and support at that time as WP was nothing or very less as compared to Android a year and a half time ago. Now we can get many major apps on WP, I'm not against WP and I love it. I Wanna buy WP but after releasing of 8.1. Just eagerly waiting for it. Lumia 800 time (2011-12) for my friends was bad.

13. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Every phone on the planet earth uses Nokia patents, because Nokia has been pioneer in phones for decades. Companies worry, because Nokia, used to make a living from manufacturing cell phones, and patent fees weren't company's main focus. Now it looks like it's going to be its only profit.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

In full agreement. Nokia focus was phone. In the future just patent. A team of engineers focusing on creating patents and collecting royalty. If every companies think in this manner we are all screwed.

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