Report: Google Nexus 7 infringes Nokia patents - Mobile World Live

Report: Google Nexus 7 infringes Nokia patents

03 JUL 2012
Google’s recently-unveiled Nexus 7 tablet computer reportedly infringes patents held by Nokia. A spokesman for the Finnish giant told The Inquirer that neither Google or Nexus 7-maker Asus had licensed relevant patents owned by Nokia, which are thought to be related to Wi-Fi connectivity.

The spokesperson said Nokia has more than 40 licence agreements, mainly for its standards essential patent portfolio, with most mobile manufacturers. "Neither Google nor Asus is licensed under our patent portfolio,” he said.

According to The Inquirer, Nokia is unlikely to seek an injunction against Google or Asus for the Nexus 7 and is more likely to ask for Google to approach it to obtain the appropriate licences. This was echoed by the Nokia spokesperson, who said companies wanting to licence the standard essential patents should approach the company and sign up to licence the technology.

The Nexus 7 was announced last week and is the first Google-branded tablet. The 7-inch tablet runs the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with a quad-core Nvidia processor and NFC capability. The device will cost £159 without a SIM card.

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