No More Delays: China Approves Microsoft's Plan To Acquire Nokia's Devices Division
Nokia says the regulatory approval process included a thorough review of its patent license practices by several competition authorities around the world, which is another reason why it's taken several months to see a close date for this deal.
"During that process, no authority has challenged Nokia's compliance with its FRAND undertakings related to standard-essential patents (licensing on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms) or requested that Nokia make changes to its licensing program or royalty terms," Nokia said.
"There was an important principle with which MOFCOM (Chinese Ministry of Commerce) approached these discussions from the beginning: any commitments should be focused on how our future conduct might change after we own the Nokia Devices and Services business, and should not impact our licenses signed in the past or historical practices," Microsoft stated in a blog post. " It has never been our intent to change our practices after we acquire the Nokia business, so while we disagreed with the premise that our incentives might change in the future, we were happy to discuss commitments on this basis."
According to Microsoft, of the 16 markets in which this proposed deal has been cleared to proceed, the vast majority did not ask that any conditions be met.