Google goes crying to the EU about patents

imageWhile Google has been happy to use their search monopoly to fund the dumping of their Android OS on the market, it seems they cant take even a bit of kick-back by their victims.

Google has run crying to the European competition regulators, complaining of Microsoft and Nokia colluding to raise the price of cellphones and other wireless devices by abusing patents.

The complaints centres on 2,000 wireless patents that Nokia and Microsoft sold in September to MOSAID Technologies Inc., a company that specializes in collecting royalties on intellectual property.

About 1,200 of the patents transferred to MOSAID are considered to be essential elements in the operation of most mobile devices.

Google has of course been happy to give away the Android OS for free while leaving OEMs to struggle with the resulting patent royalties incurred by the supposed “free” OS.

Google Inc. also shared the complaint with the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission.

Microsoft declined comment.

Via Washington Post

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