Players in the field seem to be very afraid of things to come from the Microsoft-Nokia deal. Google, Samsung and a handful of Chinese mobile phone makers (including ZTE and Huawei) are concerned that the Nokia takeover will result in higher patent licensing fees and have filed a complaint to the Chinese government about this.
The Koreans are not left out either. Four Korean trade associations – The Korea Electronics Association (KEA), Korea Semiconductor Industry Association, Korea Software Industry Association and the Korea Battery Industry Association – have all filed a petition basically same as what Google, Samsung and others have done in China.
It seems that everyone in the industry is afraid of the power – real or imagined – that Microsoft would wield once Nokia’s mobile division is in its hands. Part of the Microsoft-Nokia deal is that the Redmond giant will license Nokia’s patent portfolio for 10 years.
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