Nokia slams Google Nexus 7 for patent infringement

By Kristin Bent on Jul 4, 2012 8:02 AM
Filed under Mobility

Wants licenses.

Google is reportedly facing patent accusations from Nokia less than a week after launching its first tablet device.

The phone giant alleges Google's Nexus 7 tablet, which was jointly manufactured with Taiwanese PC maker Asus, infringes on its patents related to IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standards in mobile devices, reports 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," a Nokia spokesperson said.

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

Neither Asus nor Google immediately responded to a request for comment.

Nokia is expected to push for Google or Asus to license the patents in question, rather than seek a preliminary injunction against the Nexus 7, which could potentially ban sales of the new device.

The Nexus 7, Google's first homegrown tablet, touts a 7-inch screen and runs the latest version of its Android mobile OS, version 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Positioned by Google as a hub for multimedia consumption and boasting a modest $299 price tag, the Nexus 7 is set to compete with Amazon's similarly-priced Kindle Fire e-reader.

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