Google Targets Microsoft, Nokia in EU Patent Complaint

Google Inc. accused Microsoft Corp. and Nokia of conspiring to use their patents against smartphone industry rivals, and said it has filed a formal complaint with the European Commission. In its complaint, Google claimed Microsoft and Nokia, which cooperate on smartphone technology and production, transferred 1,200 patents for assertion to a group called MOSAID, which the company called a "patent troll" -- a term referring to a holder of patents that litigates them aggressively.