Google's Nexus 7 is the best new way to spend 200 bucks: it's fast, slick, and expensive-feeling. But Nokia claims it also infringes some of its patents in the process.
Nokia has announced that the tablet infringes a number of its patents connected with the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard, reports The Inquirer. In fact, most mobile device manufacturers license the patents from Nokia; currently, neither Google nor Asus is on the list of licensees.
However, it's perhaps not as dramatic as it sounds. A Nokia spokesperson told The Inquirer that "companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license." In other words, Google and Asus can almost certainly approach them to get their paperwork in order—if they think they need to.
Strange, then, that Asus is being cagey on the issue, telling The Inquirer that "at the moment, Asus will not be providing any response/comment related." Of course, it's not clear that the device definitely infringes the patents—that would be for a court to decide—but it will be interesting to see how the claims pan out. [The Inquirer]