via IntoMobile: "When you’re a company that makes revenues almost exclusively from the sale of mobile handsets, whoring of patents aside, then you take counterfeit hardware pretty seriously. In China it’s really easy to find a Nokia clone, powered by a MediaTek chipset, running some local operating system that most users in the region have no problem using. That is why today Nokia has announced that they’re teaming up with SAP and Giesecke & Devrient to start a new company called “Original1″ by the end of the year, headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, to deal with the problem."

From the press release: "Nokia and Giesecke & Devrient today have announced plans to form a new company, named “Original1,” to deliver unique product authentication and anti-counterfeiting services across the globe....Original1 will provide a one-stop shop for companies seeking secure services that protect them from counterfeiting, safeguard the value of their brands, and help them develop a more transparent way of working to become more sustainable...Original1’s services will rely on SAP technology and solutions, while Nokia will deliver mobile authentication software to allow businesses to follow a branded product’s entire life cycle, from a factory to the end customer, using mobile devices."

Full article and press release here.