Google’s Nexus 7 is the best new way to spend 250 bucks: it’s fast, slick, and expensive-feeling. But it also manages to infringe a stack of Nokia patents in the process…allegedly.
Nokia has accused the tablet of infringing on a number of its patents connected with the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard, reports The Inquirer. In fact, most mobile device manufacturers licence 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 licence.” In other words, Google and Asus can almost certainly approach them to get their paperwork in order.