Microsoft has a “passive economic interest” in Mosaid/Nokia deal

Showing once again that there is quite a bit going on behind the scenes, and that Nokia and Microsoft is even closer than one thinks, it seems Microsoft will be a beneficiary of Mosaid’s licensing and litigation with ex-Nokia patents.

Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel told Mary Jo Foley:

“Over the years, Nokia has developed one of the world’s highest-quality patent portfolios in the mobile phone industry, representing decades of innovation as a worldwide leader in the field. We are pleased to have secured a license to the Nokia patents now acquired by MOSAID for Microsoft’s products and services. In return, we have a passive economic interest in the revenue generated from the licensing of those patents to third parties. The marketplace for intellectual property is incredibly dynamic today, and this agreement is an effective way to make these Nokia innovations available to the industry and to unlock the considerable value of this IP portfolio.”

Apparently Mosaid will be splitting the licensing revenues from the deal with Nokia and Microsoft, keeping a 1/3 to itself.

Microsoft itself will continue to have access to a number of Nokia’s patents, including those covering phone cameras, lenses, hinges and various industrial-design components, Microsoft officials said.

The news of the patent offensive comes on the heel of news that Google basically bought a pig in a poke with its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola.

"It’s an immense mistake," Martin says in an interview on Bloomberg, referring to Google’s blockbuster $12.5 billion patent acquisition of Motorola Mobility. "What they’ve bought is crap. Motorola [had already] sold off its good assets. Back in the early years, Motorola sold off some MPEG patents to GE … After that, they took a bunch of the Freescale patents and sold those off. [Motorola’s current patent estate, which Google is trying to buy,] actually has a huge dependency on Freescale, and Freescale actually has an Apple link."

That video, which is a must-see, can be seen after the break.


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