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Nokia calls Google's EC complaint a frivolous waste of time, points to Android's 'problems with patents'

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Late last night it was revealed that Google has filed a complaint with the European Commission alleging that Microsoft and Nokia colluded to drive up handset prices together with Canadian IP licensing firm MOSAID. This morning, Nokia has responded tersely, describing the allegations as just "wrong" and going on to point out that Google has patent troubles of its own to worry about, relating to the Android operating system.

Nokia isn't even trying to adopt a conciliatory tone

Despite the brevity of the answer, Nokia's counter-accusation of impropriety does suggest the company is taking a rather dim view of Google's actions. Much like Microsoft yesterday — who responded by calling attention to Google's dominance in mobile search and characterizing the EC complaint as "desperate" — Nokia isn't even trying to adopt a conciliatory tone and is instead highlighting Google's perceived failures to adhere to fair and reasonable market conduct.

Update: We have now received the full statement from Nokia on the matter.

“Though we have not yet seen the complaint, Google’s suggestion that Nokia and Microsoft are colluding on intellectual property rights is wrong. Both companies have their own intellectual property portfolios and strategies and operate independently.

"Nokia has made regular patent divestments over the last five years. In each case, any commitments made for standards essential patents transfer to the acquirer and existing licenses for the patents continue. Had Google asked us, we would have been happy to confirm this, which could then have avoided them wasting the commission's time and resources on such a frivolous complaint.

"We agree with Google that Android devices have significant IP infringement issues, and would welcome constructive efforts to stop unauthorised use of Nokia intellectual property. Nokia has an active licensing program with more than 40 licensees. Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license."

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