By Johnny Wills | Jul 03, 2012 12:26 PM EDT
It has been hardly a week since Google unveiled its own tablet and clouds of patent war are already surrounding the new tablet. Surprisingly, it is not Apple that is claiming that the tablet infringes its patents.
A Nokia spokesperson revealed to The Inquirer that the Jelly Bean tablet infringes on its intellectual property. The exact Nokia patents that Nexus 7 infringes are not known, but the report indicates that the patents in question are around the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard.
"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," said company's spokesperson to The Inquirer.
Not surprisingly, much of Nokia's patent portfolio covers wireless technologies and Google Nexus 7 tablet is Wi-Fi only, without other cellular connectivity option. If Nexus 7 tablet really infringes Nokia's patent, then a patent war in inevitable.
Fortunately, Nokia does not appear to file legal lawsuits as first option unlike Apple. As stated in the statement to The Inquirer, Nokia seems to be searching for a peaceful way to deal with the situation.
Nokia is indirectly suggesting Google to approach the Finnish giant and sign up for a license for the infringed patents.
"Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license," said Nokia.
Nokia has ousted a warning to Google and Asus, and now it is time for Nexus 7 makers to respond to the situation. A smart option for Google and Asus is to approach Nokia and sign a deal to use its patents. Otherwise, Nokia will file an injunction against Google. As a result, the Nexus 7 tablet could disappear from shelves, just like when Apple imposed a sales ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet for infringing its patents.
With Nokia sitting on a gigantic pile of wireless technology patent, the real question is how many patents does the Nexus 7 tablet infringe and what would be Nokia's next step against Google?
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