It is now fairly common for the big mobile phone companies to fight it out with each other in various patent offices around the world. However, the European Commission (EC) has warned Nokia to not become a 'patent troll'.
The Finnish firm has recently been granted a patent that prevented HTC from selling its One Mini handset in the UK and could even affect the HTC One and the Max variant. The Taiwanese manufacturer has today (December 12th) gone into an appeal and the result will determine whether or not the company is allowed to carry on selling the device.
Speaking in Paris, vice-president of the EC Joaquín Almunia issued a warning to the Finnish manufacturer saying it shouldn't become a 'patent troll'.
Nokia's recent AU$7.87 billion-deal with Microsoft will transition all of its patents to the Windows giant.
Almunia warned that “if Nokia were to take illegal advantage of its patents in the future, we will open an antitrust case” but added that he sincerely hopes he doesn't have to do that.
Posted by Clare Marshall