Nokia claims Google Nexus 7 violates its patents

The Google Nexus 7 hasn't even been released yet, but the Android 4.1-based seven inch tablet is already under attack for alleged patent violations. Nokia has sent out a statement saying that the Nexus 7, made by Asus, doesn't currently have a license to use patents that Nokia claims to own.

The Inquirer reports that the patents that Nokia feels the Nexus 7 is in violation of have to deal with the IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard. in its statement, Nokia said:

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.

Google has yet to comment on Nokia's allegations, while Asus said it won't be commenting yet on Nokia's claims. Announced last week as part of their Google I/O developer conference, the Nexus 7 will be the first device that will come with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. The $199 device is scheduled to be released later in July and Google is currently taking pre-orders for the tablet.

Source: The Inquirer

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