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Google's Nexus 7 tablet infringes Nokia patents

Updated Finnish phone firm claims
Mon Jul 02 2012, 14:05
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THE GOOGLE NEXUS 7 is already in hot water, as Nokia claims that the tablet infringes some of its patents.

Google Nexus 7Announced last week, the Asus built Nexus 7 is Google's first own-brand tablet and boasts Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a quad-core processor and a mere £159 SIM free price tag. However, Nokia has alleged that it is not licensed for certain Nokia patents.

It's believed that the patents in question have to do with the IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard, and Nokia told us that neither Google nor Asus have sought to license the technologies.

A Nokia spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "Nokia has more than 40 licensees, mainly for its standards essential patent portfolio, including most of the mobile device manufacturers. Neither Google nor Asus is licensed under our patent portfolio.

"Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license."

However, unlike Apple, it's doubtful that Nokia will seek injunctions against the Google Nexus 7. Instead, Nokia is more likely to request that Google or Asus obtain the proper licenses.

Update
An Asus spokesperson refused to comment on Nokia's claims, saying, "at the moment, Asus will not be providing any response/comment related." µ

 

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