Nokia Claims the Nexus 7 Infringes Patents

After the Nexus 7 was announced on June 27th, it didn’t take long for the buzzards to start circling. Almost right away, Nokia claimed that the Nexus 7 violated patents that it owned.

A Nokia spokesperson said, “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.”

ASUS (who makes the Nexus 7 for Google) had no comment at the time of this writing. On the other hand, I do.

It’s hard not to speculate on whether Nokia’s close relationship with Microsoft had anything to do with these claims. Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has been openly critical of Android (no surprise since he used to work for Microsoft) and Anssi Vanjoki (former head of Nokia’s smartphone division) compared Android to Finnish boys who “pee in their pants” for warmth in the winter. Microsoft has paid dearly for this loyalty to the tune of over a billion dollars.

Microsoft has also recently announced their own tablet, but with a larger screen and price to go with it.

It wouldn’t be to far afield to think that maybe Microsoft is behind Nokia’s claims. Microsoft would benefit greatly (as would Apple) if they were able to eliminate their competition before the game even started. It’s become the norm for companies like Apple and Microsoft to litigate rather than innovate. Google is a serious threat to Microsoft’s dominance on the desktop and Apple has already lost their dominance of the smart phone market to Google.

Is Microsoft demanding that Nokia finally earn that more than a billion dollar payment? Obviously Microsoft isn’t getting it’s investment back in phone sales.

Nokia Claims the Nexus 7 Infringes Patents
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