The Finnish phone firm says Google’s new Jelly Bean-running tablet infringes its patents, so a fresh ban could be on the cards.
Though it hasn’t specified which patents it thinks the Nexus 7 has infringed, a Nokia spokesperson told The Inquirer: “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.”
Them’s not exactly fighting words, more a call to play by the rules.
It’s thought the patent that has Nokia riled relates to the 808.11 Wi-Fi technology. The Nexus 7 is Wi-Fi-only, with no 3G.
Nokia hasn’t proven the Nexus 7 infringes any of its patents, but it sounds pretty sure of itself. It could try to impose a ban on Google’s tablet, but seeing as it doesn’t have a rival model, that would seem like sour grapes. Then again, if it did seek a ban, that would be all the confirmation we need that Nokia is working on its own tablet.
Asus and Google are yet to comment.