Microsoft’s recently-announced partnership with Nokia will significantly increase the chances of both Apple and Nokia settling their bitter patent infringement lawsuits against each other, says a long-time intellectual property activist who keeps a close eye on the patent strategies of the tech world’s largest firms.
Writes Florian Mueller:
In light of market dynamics, it would now make a whole lot of sense for Apple and Nokia to stop wasting resources on their fight with each other and instead focus on license deals with all those makers of Android-based devices.
That’s because between them both Microsoft and Nokia have strong patent portfolios, unlike Google, Mueller argues.
“Those two players [Nokia and Apple] may have the potential for mutually assured destruction, and they’re not going to want that.”
It’s all pretty thought-provoking.