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China Approves Microsoft-Nokia Deal, Gets Patent Concessions In Return 26

Posted by Soulskill
from the go-big-or-go-home dept.
itwbennett writes: "On Tuesday, China's Ministry of Commerce gave conditional regulatory approval to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices & Services business. The $7.2 billion deal means that Microsoft could very soon produce its own smartphones using the Windows Phone operating system. In return, China is requiring Microsoft and Nokia to make promises on fair patent use, fearing that the proposed acquisition between the two companies could spell trouble for the nation's Android device makers."

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China Approves Microsoft-Nokia Deal, Gets Patent Concessions In Return

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Did china care about patents... Considering all the knockoffs they make over there.

  • Wow (Score:4, Interesting)

    by HeckRuler (1369601) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @05:26PM (#46699007)

    Is this feeling the same one that non-americans get when a major economic issue has to go to the US supreame court, or FCC, or FAA, or ICANN?

    Because as an American, this feeling is weird.

    • Yes, daddy China will let Microsoft and Nokia marry after they Elop(ed) last year.
      Meanwhile Uncle Sam gets no say since manufacturing is not happening there and due to tax evasion the companies pretend to not be based there.


      Elop must be pretty happy that Nokia was not a Russian company and that those Fins are so polite even when they get screwed over - if they were Russian he'd have their distinctive Polonium calling card in his blood.
  • So, Microsnokia bought regulatory approval in China. Colour me surprised.

  • Android has a vast majority share in Asia. Apple tried a cheap phone and Android is still a vast part of the market share. Microsoft has enough cash to give away the Phones, but that did not seem to help with KIN or anything after or before.

    As mentioned before, MS does not have a great incentive to kill Android. MS get a free chunk of money for every handset sold. Cheap phones from Nokia simply mean that MS loses money.

    • Apple didn't care enough about the Chinese market to have decent language support so they lost it to Android and Nokia Symbian phones. When Apple tried a cheap phone (which was still more than the competition) it apparently only worked for fluent English readers, so it bombed.

      Cheap phones from Nokia simply mean that MS loses money.

      Massive sales of Nokia symbian phones in the Chinese market even after Elop announced the death of the platform kept Nokia afloat, and probably delayed both Microsoft's planned b

  • China is requiring Microsoft and Nokia to make promises on fair patent use

    I think a few brain cells just exploded. What can possibly be fair about an extortion permit?

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