Posted: Friday, Jun 01, 2012 at 1202 hrs IST
: * Microsoft, Nokia collusion raises prices -Google
* Complaint filed recently with European Commission
Google Inc accused Microsoft Corp and Nokia of conspiring to use their patents against smartphone industry rivals, and said it has filed a formal complaint with the European Commission.
In its complaint, Google claimed Microsoft and Nokia, which cooperate on smartphone technology and production, transferred 1,200 patents for assertion to a group called MOSAID, which the company called a patent troll – a term referring to a holder of patents that litigates them aggressively.
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, the Internet search leader said in a statement, adding that the complaint was filed recently.
They should be held accountable, and we hope our complaint spurs others to look into these practices.
Microsoft said the complaint was a desperate tactic by Google.
Google is complaining