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Microsoft’s Nokia Deal Said to Face China Limits on Patent Fees

Chinese mobile phone makers asked regulators to make sure Microsoft Corp.’s 5.44 billion euro ($7.5 billion) bid to take over Nokia Oyj’s handset business doesn’t result in higher patent fees on wireless technology, said two government officials with knowledge of the matter.

Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. asked China’s Ministry of Commerce to set conditions on the deal making sure Microsoft doesn’t raise patent licensing fees afterward, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter. The ministry is conducting an anti-monopoly review of the deal.