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ITC Dismisses Google's Antitrust Allegations Against Microsoft and Nokia

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ITC Dismisses Google's Antitrust Allegations Against Microsoft and Nokia [fosspatents.com]
The latest news on the smartphone patents front is old wine in new bottles: Google filed an EU antitrust complaint against Microsoft and Nokia, blaming the two companies for collusion involving a non-practicing entity, Mosaid, which acquired 2,000 patents from Nokia in September 2011. It's not just "old wine" but actually a concoction that failed to pass even the low hurdle of a basic plausibility test by the United States International Trade Commission. It failed that test at the ITC no less than three times: the Office of Unfair Import Investigations (which defends the public interest in ITC investigations), Judge Theodore Essex (in a summary determination) and the six-member decision-making body at the top of the ITC all agreed that there was no antitrust-related or other kind of patent misuse claim against Microsoft and Nokia. An entire set of "patent misuse" theories including the Mosaid story was considered so frivolous that the ITC didn't even want to waste time on this at a trial at which an all-star team of antitrust lawyers wanted to square off with Microsoft.