What's Left Of Nokia Poised To Become A Giant Patent Troll
from the that's-not-a-good-thing dept
There's no doubt that the company has a variety of important mobile device and mobile data patents. The license with Microsoft lasts for ten years, but there's nothing stopping Nokia from going after others. Yes, many key players already have licensing deals in place, but there are always more targets to go after, especially in such a dynamic and innovative arena. And, without having to worry about patent nuclear war being pointed back at Nokia, potentially harming its own phone business, you'd have to imagine that the company will be more willing than ever to aggressively try to squeeze money out of others.
Nokia has been deterred from asserting its patents too aggressively by the risk of retaliation by competitors. Nokia’s rivals have patents of their own, and if they felt the Finnish company was making unreasonable demands, they could have filed patent infringement lawsuits themselves.Without that deterrent, Nokia has plenty of incentives to become an incredibly annoying and disruptive patent troll.