Google’s Nexus 7 Is The Latest Android To Face Patent Problems

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Google’s ASUS-made Nexus 7 tablet isn’t even in wide release yet, and it’s already drawing the ire of patent-holders who claim that neither Google nor ASUS bothered to obtain required licenses. This time, it’s Nokia leading the battle cry, apparently taking issue with the Nexus 7’s use of WiFi.

Exactly which patent Nokia believes the Nexus 7 violates is unclear, but the company certainly has a healthy stock of standards-essential patents to choose from in its portfolio.

We’re curious to learn just what about the Nexus 7 Nokia has a problem with, since this is far from the first ASUS tablet around, and those other models used WiFi, too. It would stand to reason that, unless the Nexus 7 is doing something drastically different from the company’s Transformer tablets, those models could be in violation of Nokia’s patents, as well. So far, ASUS has declined to comment on Nokia’s allegations.

It seems unlikely for Nokia to seek anything like an injunction against Google and ASUS, and it’s hoped that these issues can be worked-out amicably without impacting the Nexus 7’s official arrival, set to occur later this month.

Source: The Inquirer
Via: Droid Dog

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