Chinese Regulators’ Smart Move in Clearing Nokia – Microsoft Deal

Nokia Microsoft DealThe Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business, in a somewhat Smart move that will stand to benefit Chinese Consumers and Companies.

The Big Patent Concern
MOFCOM was concerned with certain Microsoft incentives changing post the deal, reflecting Microsoft’s licensing of some essential patents to vendors using Android software where Microsoft has claimed a small royalty fee. Microsoft is committed to licensing its patents on a FRAND basis and will not see injunctive relief against smartphone players in China on the basis of these patents for patents that are (more…)