Google battles Microsoft, Nokia over patent claims
Internet giant Google filed a patent claim against software giant Microsoft and its mobile partner Nokia accusing both companies of illegally feeding mobile patents to MOSAID Technologies Inc., a company that specializes in collecting royalties on intellectual property. Google asserts that this could potentially drive up the prices of cellphones and other wireless devices.
Google Inc. made the details of the claim public after filing a formal complaint with the European Commission last Thursday. The company likewise shared the information with the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission with hopes that other companies would follow suit.
In a statement, Google stated that "Nokia and Microsoft are colluding to raise the costs of mobile devices for consumers, creating patent trolls that side-step promises both companies have made. They should be held accountable, and we hope our complaint spurs others to look into these practices."
Nokia is keeping a tight lip about the issue possibly leaving all the talking to Microsoft with the latter brushing off the accusations as a "desperate tactic" adding that "Google is complaining about antitrust in the smartphone industry when it controls more than 95 percent of mobile search and advertising."