Nokia: Nexus 7 Tablet Infringes Our Wi-Fi Patents

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The way things go in the tech industry, it seems you can't so much as release a fart without the flatulence police claiming a patent violation. It stinks, but it's the way it is, so does it really come as a surprise that a company is crying foul over Google's Nexus 7 tablet?

That company is Nokia, which claims the Asus-built tablet Google unveiled at its I/O conference last week violates certain patents, reportedly in relation to wireless technologies. Nokia didn't come out and say which specific patents the Nexus 7 supposedly runs afoul of, but it's believed they have to do with the 802.11 standard.

Could this be the backup plan Nokia chairman Risto Siilasmaa referenced during a live television appearance a week ago? Nokia is totally invested in Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, but if that falls through, Siilasmaa made it clear Nokia has other options. Perhaps one of those options is going after companies in Apple-like fashion... to an extent.

There's no indication Nokia is seeking to have the Nexus 7 tablet banned in the U.S. or anywhere else. More likely, Nokia wants Google and Asus to pony up the appropriate patent license fees.
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Olternaut replied on Tue, Jul 3 2012 12:47 PM

Can someone please do an analysis on HOW exactly does Google violate patents concerning a WiFi standard?

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realneil replied on Tue, Jul 3 2012 10:22 PM


Can someone please do an analysis on HOW exactly does Google violate patents concerning a WiFi standard?

It's hard to keep up with who owns what patent (and when they got it) these days. It's a convoluted mess and I think that patents are truly stifling innovation in a big way.


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3vi1 replied on Wed, Jul 4 2012 11:16 AM

A follow-up question to Olternaut's:

Assuming for even half a second that they somehow underhandedly patented part of an open standard... How is it possible that Asus hasn't violated these patents before, or doesn't *already have a license for them*, given they've been producing wi-fi Transformer tablets and other devices for a loooong time.

There only seems to be one possibility:  The Nexus scared Microsoft, and Nokia was told to jump on FUD production.

This is a glimpse into the future of Nokia. Devastated by Microsoft's Elop, they will now bleed out all of their engineers and spend the remaining days sucking money into management and lawyers while producing nothing. They're becoming just another proxy for Microsoft to sue those with which it can't compete. What a wonderful way to advance technology.

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