Nokia Claims Google Nexus 7 Tablet Is Infringing Their Patents

Posted Jul 3, 2012

Nokia is claiming that the Google Nexus 7 tablet is infringing on their patents.  The Nexus 7 was announced last week and the Asus Nexus 7 is the Google’s first branded tablet.  The Nexus 7 has the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating, a quad-core processor, and a £159 SIM free price tag.

Nokia said that Google/Asus is not licensed for certain patents that they own, which includes a patent that has to do with the IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard.  “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,” said a Nokia spokesperson in an interview with The Inquirer.  “Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license.”

Most likely Nokia will not seek an injunction, but would possibly request that Google or Asus obtains proper licenses.