Earlier in the month we saw the MeeGo team leave Nokia. Shortly thereafter, the crew seemed to assemble together in the form of a new startup company called Jolla.
Apparently they left with Nokia’s blessing. In what could be called quite a remarkable house-warming gift, Nokia has gifted a handful of its MeeGo patents to Jolla so they can get their company off the ground and continue developing the platform that they are so intimately familiar with.
There is no further detail on exactly which patents where transferred, but it was probably a chuck of the patents related to projects the team worked on while it was at Nokia. Jolla founder, Jussi Hurmola, said the two companies have a “good and open relationship.”
That relationship is the product of Nokia’s Bridge project. The company described the project by saying, “Nokia will offer training, funding, and help identify business opportunities and partnerships for those interested in starting a new business or a company on their own, which can fuel new growth for impacted communities.”
Jolla hasn’t officially announced any devices yet, but Hurmola said they might launch their first release by the end of 2012.