Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Eliminate costly downtime!
Find out how with Free White Paper
& enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Microsoft/Windows
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
China Approves Microsoft Acquisition of Nokia Devices
China Approves Microsoft Acquisition of Nokia Devices

By Seth Fitzgerald
April 8, 2014 10:46AM

    Bookmark and Share
Samsung, Google and others had brought up concerns with Chinese regulators and requested they verify that Nokia and Microsoft's patent licensing deals would not change with the acquisition. The delay in the approval process caused many to assume the Chinese regulators had felt similarly, but Tuesday's events suggested otherwise.
 



Following a longer than usual wait, China has approved Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business. The deal, which is taking place for $7.4 billion, passed through regulators in the United States and Europe with ease and only hit delays in Asia, where some companies have voiced concerns. Given the size of the deal, regulators and companies in Asia have worried that the acquisition could negatively affect Nokia's patent licensing practices.

Now that China has approved the deal, Nokia says it expects the deal to close this month. The news pushed the company's shares up 3 percent and was also beneficial for Microsoft, which first announced its agreement with Nokia in September.

Patent Concerns

Samsung, Google and others had brought up concerns with the Chinese regulators and requested they verify that Nokia and Microsoft's patent licensing deals would not change once the acquisition was closed. The delay in the approval process caused many people to assume that the Chinese regulators had felt similarly in regards to those concerns, but Tuesday's events seemed to suggest otherwise.

Both Nokia and Microsoft had said there were no plans to change patent licensing deals or fees, and Microsoft went so far as to pledge that its licensing practices would go unchanged for eight years.

"It has never been our intent to change our practices after we acquire the Nokia business," said David Howard, Microsoft vice president for litigation, writing on the company's blog. Even though Microsoft did not agree with the "premise that [its] incentives might change in the future," it has tried to remain open to discuss the topic and quell any concerns, Howard said.

We caught up with Jeff Kagan, an independent technology analyst, for his opinion on the concerns and China's approval. He told us he expected the deal to go through but that lawsuits could always occur in the future given how often companies go to court to settle disputes.

"I think the Nokia-Microsoft deal will be approved. Any delays are just that, but the deal will be done," Kagan said. "Will any suits be brought by or against Nokia-Microsoft? I have no idea, but knowing the way this industry operates I would say that I wouldn't be surprised. But still it's not a big deal."

The Acquisition

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia has been under way for months, and the delays that it has experienced are not surprising given the size of both companies. Even though Microsoft is taking over the vast majority of Nokia's products, it will only be licensing the patents, meaning that Nokia will remain in control of the patents for now.

Then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote in September that the deal "will accelerate Microsoft's share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services." As Microsoft continues to focus on the Windows Phone platform, the deal will provide the company with new ways to compete against Android and iOS.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Microsoft/Windows
1.   China Puts Microsoft Under the Lens
2.   Win Phone 8.1 Update Already on Way
3.   Yammer Moved to Office 365
4.   Can One Size Windows OS Fit All?
5.   Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Ahead


advertisement
China Puts Microsoft Under the Lens
Official anti-monopoly probe launched.
Average Rating:
Microsoft CEO Sees 'Bold' Plan Ahead
With unified Windows for all platforms.
Average Rating:
Design Central to Microsoft Future
New ethos a break from functional past.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tor Internet Privacy Service Warns Users It Was Breached
You may never have heard of the Tor Project, but the Internet privacy service is making headlines. Tor’s devs say users might be victims of an attack launched against the project earlier this year.
 
Canadian Government Charges China with Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
FTC Wants Fix for 'Perfect Scam' of Mobile Cramming
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines to curb “mobile cramming,” a troublesome practice that adds unauthorized third-party charges to mobile phone bills.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.