Nokia has distanced itself from suggestions it is handed over a bunch of MeeGo-related patents to Jolla Mobile, the Finnish start-up looking to resurrect the platform after Nokia abandoned it last year in favour of Windows Phone.
This despite Jolla having emerged directly from Nokia's Bridge project, which gives assistance to employees leaving the company in getting set up with ventures of their own.
Jolla, headed up by Jussi Hurmola, has brought together a number of engineers who were involved in developing MeeGo for Nokia before the company decided to change tack before the first (and only) MeeGo handset – the long-awaited Nokia N9 – even made it to market.
That decision – announced by new Nokia boss, former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop, just months after taking the job – meant an abrupt change of fortunes for many of the staff and engineers who had been involved in developing MeeGo – a move that even today is dividing opinions within the company.
Yet far from snubbing the Espoo mothership, Jolla has nothing but kind words about the Big N, and more specifically the N9 that it intends on building its legacy around.
“Nokia created something wonderful - the world's best smartphone product. It deserves to be continued, and we will do that together with all the bright and gifted people contributing to the MeeGo success story,” the Jolla website proclaims.
Nokia itself clearly has no problem with what Jolla is doing; but says stories claiming it has handed over any patents are wide of the mark.
“We’re proud of the support from our Bridge program to start-ups founded by former Nokia people,” Durrant says in comments reported by Slashgear. “But we have not gifted Nokia patents to any of them, including Jolla.”