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Don't become a patent troll: EU warns Nokia

The Finnish company has sold most of its cellphone-making business to Microsoft Corp this year but retained its patent portfolio.

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Don't become a patent troll: EU warns Nokia
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Europe's top regulator has warned Nokia not to try to become a "patent troll" after the Finnish company sold most of its cellphone-making business to Microsoft Corp this year but retained its patent portfolio.

Joaquin Almunia said in a speech in Paris on Monday he had approved the $7.2-billion sale as not presenting problems on Microsoft's side, but there is a danger Nokia will now attempt to "extract higher returns" from its patent portfolio. "In other words... behave like a patent troll, or to use a more polite phrase, a patent assertion entity."

Almunia, in charge of competition at the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, warned he will open an anti-trust case against the company if it attempts to take "illegal advantage" of its patents.

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