Nokia Corporation today reported their interim report for Q2 2014 and January-June 2014. Nokia ended Q2 2014 with a strong balance sheet and solid cash position with gross cash of EUR 9.0 billion and net cash of EUR 6.5 billion compared to EUR 6.9 billion and EUR 2.1 billion, respectively, at the end of Q1 2014. Among the three main divisions in the Nokia, Nokia Technologies group does research and development building on the strength of industry-leading patent portfolio. They license their technologies to other companies. In the financial report published today, Nokia revealed that Nokia Technologies net sales increased sequentially in Q2 2014, primarily due to Microsoft becoming a more significant intellectual property licensee in conjunction with the sale of substantially all of the Devices & Services business to Microsoft.   Nokia Technologies develops and licenses cutting-edge innovations that are powering the next revolution in computing and mobility: the “programmable ...

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Microsoft today launched a new online intellectual property (IP) portal called the Microsoft 4Afrika IP Hub. Microsoft has developed this portal to create an IP protection culture in Africa. The sad thing is, most African innovators function on the premise that the idea is theirs until someone else takes it to market, or duplicates it. Innovators must have proof of ownership to be able to market or sell their innovation. Many do not know this, and for those that do, the process of filing IP protection can be long, manual and intimidating The IP Hub will offer developers and independent software vendors the skills and tools necessary to develop, protect and monetize their innovations. The portal will pilot in Kenya for two years, after which it will be handed over to the local government with similar pilots being rolled out to other African countries. “The Microsoft 4Afrika innovation goal is to bring to market ...

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