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Is Nokia about to become a giant unstoppable patent troll?


The Korea Electronics Association has submitted a petition to Fair Trade Commission opposing Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s phone unit. Koreans are restating the theory that many industry observers have been speculating about in recent months: the loss of its handset operations may unleash Nokia as a sort of megatroll with the power to cripple the profitability of most Asian phone vendors. There has long been industry suspicion that even though we already face a flurry of patent battles between leading vendors, the level of litigation is actually suppressed by the fact that biggest patent-owners are also phone manufacturers. This means the companies that own the largest number of patents are forced into cross-licensing agreements with each other, severely diluting the impact of

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