Nokia Alleges Nexus 7 Violated Wi-Fi Patents

July 3, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It seems the tablet world could witness yet another patent battle. It was Apple who first dragged Samsung into a long fight on alleged patent violations; now a Finnish voice is rising against a new born device.

Nokia is now claiming that the new tablet from Google – the Asus-partnered Nexus 7 which was launched at the Google I/O in San Francisco last week – had violated some of the patents held by it.

Though we are not yet sure if this will explode into a full scale patent war, the Finnish smartphone maker is alleging that neither Asus nor Google has approached it for a license before using some of its patented Wi-Fi technology in the machine.

The row is believed to be related to the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard used by Nexus 7, which runs on Android’s latest Jelly Bean platform.

According to Nokia, it has more than 40 licensees, mainly for its standards essential patent portfolio, including most of the mobile device manufacturers. But, Google and Asus are not among them, claims Nokia.

However, neither Google nor Asus has given any official reply to the allegation yet. Nokia too has not specified what course of action will it take against the tablet for the alleged violations.

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