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September 2, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, September 2, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP represented Microsoft Corp. in a patent monetization transaction involving the acquisition by MOSAID Technologies Incorporated of Core Wireless Licensing S.a.r.l., a Luxembourg company that holds a portfolio of 400 patent families, consisting of approximately 2,000 wireless patents and patent applications originally filed by Nokia.
One hundred of the patent families, consisting of about 1,200 patents and applications, have been declared essential to second, third and fourth-generation communications standards, including GSM, UMTS / WCDMA and LTE. The rest of the portfolio consists of approximately 800 wireless implementation patents.
“Over the years, Nokia has developed one of the world’s highest-quality patent portfolios in the mobile phone industry, representing decades of innovation as a worldwide leader in the field,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice-president and deputy general counsel of Microsoft. “We are pleased to have secured a license to the Nokia patents now acquired by MOSAID for Microsoft’s products and services. In return, we have a passive economic interest in the revenue generated from the licensing of those patents to third parties. The marketplace for intellectual property is incredibly dynamic today, and this agreement is an effective way to make these Nokia innovations available to the industry and to unlock the considerable value of this IP portfolio.”
The Covington team, based in San Francisco, Brussels, New York and Washington, was led by Bruce Deming and Ingrid Rechtin (corporate). Also advising were Evan Cox, Scott Schrader, Lee Tiedrich and Jeffrey Davidson (IP), Dan Luchsinger and Lindsay Kitzinger (tax), Miranda Cole and Lars Kjølbye (antitrust), with additional support from Gus Caywood, John Gourary, Bert Wells, Brad Chernin, Paula Domingos and Bobby Lutzker (corporate).