The Nexus 7 tablet has just recently been unveiled by Google and it’s not yet released but it seems to already be in legal trouble.
Nokia is claiming that the Nexus 7 infringes some technologies covered by its patents. Furthermore, it wants Google or Asus – the manufacturer of the tablet – to license its patented technologies.
In a statement from Nokia sent out to members of the media, the struggling Finnish company 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.”
Nonetheless, as of press time, Nokia has yet to file a case against either Google or Asus. The threat, however, is there.
What’s unclear from this is what technology Nokia sees has/have been infringed by the Nexus 7 tablet.
The threat is significant as the Galaxy Nexus, Google’s flagship pure Android smartphone, has been banned in the US courtesy of a preliminary injunction granted at the request of Apple. Will the Google Nexus 7 suffer the same fate?
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