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Nokia Claims Google Nexus 7 Tablet Is Guilty Of Patent Infringement

Google Nexus 7 Front

After a U.S. judge granted a pre-trial ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus this week, Google may soon have another lawsuit to tackle over another Nexus device. The company’s new Nexus 7 has come under fire from Nokia, which claims that the $199 slate is guilty of infringing some of its patents.

A spokesperson for the company 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.”

Although it’s unclear how many patents the Nexus 7 is infringing, or indeed which technologies those patents cover, SlashGear speculates that the infringement could be due to the tablet’s 808.11 Wi-Fi capabilities:

Although unconfirmed, it’s looking likely that the patent(s) in question surround 808.11 WiFi technology. The Nexus 7 is currently WiFi-only, with no cellular option, and much of Nokia’s patent portfolio unsurprisingly covers wireless systems.

Google is yet to comment on Nokia’s claims, and a spokesperson for Asus — the company that makes the Nexus 7 tablet — said that “at the moment, Asus will not be providing any response/comment.”

It’s unlikely Nokia will follow in Apple’s footsteps and seek an injunction against the Nexus 7, though the Finnish firm will presumably be looking for Google or Asus to obtain the appropriate licenses as quickly as possible.

[via SlashGear]

Killian Bell

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