The Google Nexus 7, Nokia hinted in a statement, infringes on Nokia patents. While more than 40 companies have licensed patents from the phone maker, neither Google nor Asus are among them.
Nokia, losing sales to Android-running
smartphones and the Apple iPhone, has said it plans to be smarter about taking
advantage of its considerable patent portfolio. Most recently, it noted that
Google and Asus, with Google's new Nexus 7 tablet, appear to be taking a free
ride on its patent coattails.
Hardly making a move to sue, Nokia released a
statement saying the pair should get in touch.
"Nokia has more than 40 licensees,
mainly for its standard essential portfolio, including most of the mobile
device manufacturers," says the statement. "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
first reported the
statement, but it's unclear what prompted itto whom or where Nokia released
it. A Nokia spokesperson was unable to offer more details. Asus spokespeople
have also declined to comment.
introduced the Nexus 7 at its I/O developer event
June 27, with the CEO of
Asus in the front row. The 7-inch tablet is the first to run "Jelly
Bean," version 4.1 of Google's Android OS. It will run a Tegra 3 Nvidia
chipset, deliver 16-core processing capabilities and feature a battery that
will last for up to nine hours of even video playing.
Arguably best of all, pricing will start at
$199, and for a limited time, Google will throw in a $25 credit toward its
Google Play store. Google is accepting preorders from the Play store, and says
it will ship the tablet in two to three weeks.
reports that patents in
question involved the IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard, and that Microsoft is another
company that may soon call a foul.
"There's speculation that a direct
licensing deal isn't established between Google and Microsoft, but there may be
one in place with Pegatron, whose shareholders
Asus, Google's partner for the Nexus 7," states the report. "If
it covers Google's tablet, then all is wellif not, Google may need to
negotiate sooner with Microsoft rather than later."
Tom's Guide adds that Nokia's current lawsuit
against Viewsonic pertains to its IEEE 802.11 patents.
In May, Nokia filed claims in the United
States and Germany against HTC, Research In Motion and Viewsonic, saying the
companies infringe on a number of Nokia patents.
"Nokia is a leader in many technologies
needed for great mobile
Louise Pentland, chief legal officer at Nokia
. "We have already
licensed our standard essential patents to more than 40 companies. Though we'd
prefer to avoid litigation, Nokia had to file these actions to end the
unauthorized use of our proprietary innovations and technologies, which have
not been widely licensed."
Neil Mawston, executive director of Strategy
Analytics' Global Wireless Practice, told
eWEEK at the time
that the move
was part of Nokia's becoming less European and more Americanizeda necessary
thing, as the U.S. has long been a problem market for the company.
"Taking a more aggressive stance on
asserting its major and minor patent portfolios is one element of that cultural
transition, said Mawston.