Published On: Fri, Jul 25th, 2014

Trouble for the Nexus 7 Tablet: Nokia Claims an Infringement on its Patents

Will Nokia be able to leave the Nexus 7 tablet alone? At the moment it seems hardly likely since they have claimed that the product infringes on their patents. According to the Finnish handset maker, there has been no official communication from Google and Asus to request a license for the wireless standard patents. This is not the first time that the newly released product is facing challenges.

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Last week it became clear that the Nexus 7 tablet was attracting patent-infringement claims and it was not clear how the manufacturers would be able to respond appropriately. When Google unveiled the 7-inch tablet which was partly manufactured by Asus, they could not have envisaged the furor that it would cause. In any case the tablet runs the new Android mobile OS. Much was made of the Jelly Bean but in fact there were other pressing matters at the launch which took place at the Google I/O in San Francisco.

Nexus 7 Tablet

Nexus 7 Tablet

According to Nokia, Google is taking advantage of the Wi-Fi Technology which is already covered under its patents. A spokesperson confirmed that the company has in excess of 40 licenses including its standard essential patent portfolio. They are the dominant partners for many mobile device manufacturers. However the representative told The Inquirer that they had not licensed the two companies in question.

They advise that those companies which are not yet licensed under their standard essential patents agreement should approach them to sign up for the license. It seems that that process has not yet taken place. Meanwhile the Nexus 7 tablet continues to languish in uncertainty.

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