Nokia admits to lobbying for patent and visa issues

Nokia spent €346,342/US$540,000 in 2007 lobbying on patent and immigration reform legislation among many other issues, an Associated Press report said. It also stated that Nokia had spent €275,791/US$430,000 lobbying on its own behalf in the second half of 2007, according to a disclosure form posted online February 13 by the US Senate's public records office.

The Finnish company also lobbied on data security, intellectual property, tax credits for research and development, recycling programmes, and Internet and trade-related matters, according to the report.

The technology industry, facing increasing global competition, has lobbied intensely for more visas for highly skilled foreign professionals, more funding for US maths and science education programmes and a permanent extension of tax credits for research and development.

Nokia lobbied Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the White House and other agencies, the report found.