Nokia has not ‘gifted’ MeeGo patents as originally reported by ItViikko

Reports by Finnish based ItVikko laid claims that Nokia had gifted the linux-based OS meeGo patents to startup company Jolla Mobile who have been supported by Nokia in the company’s bridge program.

This information has been proven false and the following statements serve to further quash any rumours (source: the verge):

ItViikko has now retracted Hurmola’s statements on patents and says that, contrary to its earlier article, “Nokia has not assigned patents to anyone that has left the company… We apologize for the error.”

Nokia made the following statement:

“We’re proud of the support from our Bridge program to start-ups founded by former Nokia people, but we have not gifted Nokia patents to any of them, including Jolla.

We can’t comment on the details of any license agreement which may exist between the companies.

Jolla has said that it will sell new MeeGo-based smartphones with Jolla technology including its own brand new UI.”


Do you think Nokia should ‘gift’ the patents as a gesture of goodwill seeing as they are apparently no longer pursuing meeGo or do you think they have given Jolla enough goodwill (Bridge Program) for them to succeed in this dog-eat-dog environment?  Perhaps a licensing agreement of their Swipe UI Harmattan platform would be a good compromise…

Would love to hear your thoughts.

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