Richi Jennings

Nexus 7 tablet vs. Nokia patents

July 03, 2012 6:02 AM EDT

Time to clean your specs' lenses in mock disbelief. The Google/Asus Nexus 7 is said to violate Nokia patents. And this might be just the first of several such accusations. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers appear tired of all the IP shenanigans.
Nexus 7
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Carly Page turns to say:

Nokia claims...the tablet infringes...its patents. ... It's believed that the patents...have to do with the IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard. ... "Nokia has more than 40 licensees...including most of the mobile device manufacturers. ... [Google and Asus] should simply approach us and sign up for a license."
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An Asus spokesperson refused to comment.       M0RE

 
John McCann translates the PR quote:

Nokia is unlikely to [employ] the Apple way of doing things, instead insisting that Google/Asus sign up for the required licences.       M0RE

       
But Slobodan Simic sees the dead hand of Redmond:

[There's] speculation that Microsoft is behind [it] in order to slow down Google...before Surface appears.       M0RE


Speaking of which, Kevin Parrish says that MS may go direct:

There's speculation that a direct licensing deal isn't established between Google and Microsoft...if not, Google may need to negotiate sooner with Microsoft rather than later.
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Google may be forced to increase the price of both Nexus 7 tablets. ... Google supposedly doesn't make any money from the hardware, relying on software sales instead. ... [So] these price points may not be sustainable.       M0RE


Oh, ****. Must I quote the alleged-shill Florian Müller again?

Google has yet to work out license agreements with at least two of the three largest companies claiming that Android devices infringe their rights.
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[T]here's no reason why Apple would have to treat the Nexus 7 differently than, for example, the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
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At this point I don't know whether the Nexus 7 is licensed by Microsoft. ... [If it's] not licensed through Pegasus or another ODM, then I believe it's in Google's best interest to negotiate.
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Nokia is particularly interesting...because it's known to hold...some patents essential to the IEEE 802.11...standard. ... Nokia has shown that it means business...[it's]such a large patent holder...that even Apple took a royalty-bearing license. ... It looks like Google and ASUS still have some homework to do.       M0RE.


Meanwhile, Eric Ravenscraft just rolls his eyes:

...it's almost impossible to launch a high-profile device without someone claiming you've infringed a patent somewhere.
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The announcement seems to be a more casual nod...to simply fork over a bit of cash, akin to the Rob Schneider prompting Kevin for a tip in Home Alone 2 [I am currently accepting applications...to update my movie references to this millennium].       M0RE

      
And Finally...
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