Yesterday, Google filed an official complaint with the European Commission accusing Nokia and Microsoft of colluding together in an effort to raise phone prices.
“Nokia and Microsoft are colluding to raise the costs of mobile devices for consumers, creating patent trolls that side-step promises both companies have made,” Google said in a statement obtained by Reuters. “They should be held accountable, and we hope our complaint spurs others to look into these practices.” Reuters said the two firms “transferred 1,200 patents for assertion to a group called MOSAID.” Google is referring to MOSAID in its aforementioned statement that describes a patent troll. A patent troll is typically a firm that holds patents and sues other companies for infringement but does not produce products of its own.
Today, Nokia issued a response to those claims and shot down Google’s complaint. “Though we have not yet seen the complaint, Google’s suggestion that Nokia and Microsoft are colluding on intellectual property rights is wrong,” Nokia spokesperson Mark Durrant told Reuters. “Both companies have their own intellectual property rights portfolios and strategies and operate independently.” Durrant also suggested that several devices running Google’s Android operating system infringe on Nokia’s patents. Microsoft issued a similar statement and said Google’s complaint was a “desperate tactic,” Reuters explained.