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Nokia gives warning to ASUS and Google that the Nexus 7 infringes on wireless patents

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Nokia gives warning to ASUS and Google that the Nexus 7 infringes on wireless patents
The Google Nexus 7 infringes on Nokia patents according to the Finnish handset maker

The Google Nexus 7 infringes on Nokia patents according to the Finnish handset maker

With patent battles all over the news, Nokia is trying to avert one. A Nokia spokesman informed both Google and ASUS that the recently introduced Google Nexus 7 tablet infringes on wireless patents including the standard IEEE WiFi 802.11. Nokia says that 40 companies pay them for a license to use the technology. But unlike some of the other tech companies that ran to their attorney at the mere mention of a patent infringement, Nokia says it will give Google the opportunity to get together with them to work out a licensing deal.Introduced last week, the Google Nexus 7 is manufactured by ASUS and is powered by the latest build of the Android OS, Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean.

Android took a beating in court last week, Samsung in particular. Judge Lucy Koh has granted Apple's request for preliminary injunctions on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. Nokia's more relaxed attitude probably means that they will not be filing an injunction against either Google or ASUS, hoping to work out a licensing agreement. While Google has yet to issue a statement, ASUS says it will not be providing a comment, which in itself is a comment.
"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."-Nokia spokesman
After all of the news late last week about the patent lawsuits between Apple and Samsung, Nokia's stand on the possible infringement related to the Google Nexus 7 is quite refreshing.

source: TheInquirer via Phandroid

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posted on 02 Jul 2012, 18:32 37

1. Icestalker (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Why can't all tech companies work like this?

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 18:48 25

6. rnk.khch (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Because they are not Nokia!!! They only think about filling their pockets with cash!!!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 19:26 9

10. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


Umm im sorry, however, i must say.. Isnt the point of a "Business" to make as much cash as possible?

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 21:09 17

25. rnk.khch (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Yes, but I believe in ethical and respectful business. And I can't stand that these companies blatantly ignore the patent laws and just do whatever they like.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 21:57 11

32. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


theirs a difference when it gets personal and greed sets in

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:48 4

49. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


because they are Nokia.

if this is Apple, you will be sued right away.
if this is Nokia, they will warn u first then if you dont talk with them... they'll take action.

i prefer Nokia's move. its like child and parent relationship... when your child breaks a vase, you should not slap them right away... you should tell them to be careful next time

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 19:48 10

15. Astreo (Posts: 102; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Uhh...what do you think Nokia is doing ? filling their pockets with cash from all those payments lol.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 21:11 10

27. rnk.khch (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Yes, but that's because they hold those patents. Similarly, they pay for patents that belong to other companies. They have always been honest and straightforward with the laws. It's not Nokia culture to cheat!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 19:45 7

13. Otterbox (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


Because the Nexus 7 isn't released. Samsung released numerous devices that violated numerous patents though they never paid royalties for them.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 20:33 5

21. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


You're really giving my favourite phone accessory provider a really bad name...

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 21:05 2

23. Otterbox (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


Samsung gave themselves a bad name. I'm assuming you are referring to Samsung, right?

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 21:13 6

28. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I'm starting to think there's something wrong with the phone functions of the iPhone. I think it's emitting some radiation and frequency that screws up the brain. Almost all the Apple supporters here are either delusional or just dumb trolls, there's only like what? 2 Apple fans who aren't brainwashed and are willing to participate in an active discussion instead of making it an argument by sprouting nonsense and false crap. Too bad they aren't that active, I suppose because they actually have a life.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 23:01

39. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Absolutely. I am even an Android fan who uses an iPhone (unlikely to change soon as eco situation got worse).

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 21:10 4

26. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Royalties for rounded corners? LOL

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:21 2

42. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


See Nokia is really Smart here !!
Nokia will have to waste money on filling and fighting the injunction against Google and Asus and in-turn if they won they can just ban the Tablet !! And this ban on Nexus tablet wont help Nokia even to a small extent as they do not make Tablets !!
So Nokia asked to make a deal so that they can get Royalty from Google and Asus and fill their pockets !!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 18:36 2

2. rudlie (Posts: 205; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


really an infringes OS

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 18:38 13

3. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


So, past Android phones did not infringe on patents? Or is it, because of their popularity that companies are deciding that the time to sue is now?
At least Nokia wants to make a deal and not just ruin a company or companies.
Man, I wish Nokia would become an ANDROID OEM - imagine the phone that would be created out of that marriage of technology.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 19:33 5

11. skymitch89 (Posts: 1307; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


The article mentions that "Nokia says that 40 companies pay them for a license to use the technology", so I would assume that device manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, and Motorola are included in that license, and would therefore not need through Google.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 20:31 3

20. Astreo (Posts: 102; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Maybe but remember that Google decided to keep their mobility sector away from their OS if i remember correctly.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 18:43 4

4. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


is just a nice way to ask to pay up.. and they better be generous or they will take them to court..

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 00:56

41. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


at least they are nice to ask them to pay up first, and not taking them straight to Lucy Koh..

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 18:46 3

5. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


I knew this was coming didn't think NOKIA would start a LAW SUIT. Isn't WIFI on all devicoes like routers laptops hand held game device this is pointless THEY all have wifi built in. this is getting nonsense. Wifi was longer way before Nokia started making phones. plus they don't even have a tablet. just plan stupid. oh yeah and PhoneArena post SOME good NEWS for once stop posting so many negative articles

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 18:51 5

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


PhoneArena should make an additional website dedicated to patent and lawsuit related articles and no I'm not kidding.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 22:13 1

35. babyk (Posts: 313; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


good idea

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 19:04

8. hepresearch (unregistered)


I was a Nokia fan for a long time... may I be the first to say that I am ashamed to see them joining forces with Oracle, Apple, and Microsoft to go after Google and Asus for pointless things that everyone already has/does without having to deal with stuff like this. I knew there was a good reason that I didn't buy any new Nokia phones after 2010... other than my unemployment/illness/bankruptcy in 2011-2012. It sickens me to see this.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 22:14 4

36. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


This is not a pointless patent. Apple paid 600m $ for infringing them its not like they are going after silly innovations like slide to unlock.
Patent licensing is a legitimate business.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 01:29 1

44. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I would say that Nokia should go ahead with this patent.. as much as i hate patent litigations, but if the patents are real and not some vague, generalised ideas that have been around since rock age, then go ahead.. I mean, many OEMs have paid for the licence, why not Google and Asus? Just pay up, and all will be settled..

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 12:07

61. hepresearch (unregistered)


Fair enough. However, I just worry that in this day and age, for someone to start going this way can easily lead them to becoming sue-crazy like Apple...

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 16:56

63. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Sad to hear that..... why? What happened?

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 19:33

68. hepresearch (unregistered)


Well, its complicated... really a whole life-time in the making, thus far. It just mostly all culminated in the last year or two.

Well, since you asked, I'll try to keep this short(er)...

Always had mental illnesses and disabilities since I was a child... I managed to go into regular school classes with most children my age, though, thanks to my parents really fighting for me and insisting that I was worthy of regular classes. Anyway, that helped me to get into college. A very decent one, in fact, where I could get a degree in my passions, physics and math. I got into fundamental particle physics, got to do a lot of research with the department and faculty, but eventually I ran out of money, and my health got a lot worse. I ended up having to leave before I could finish a degree.

A few months later, I met a lady who I fell in love with. After a year of dating, we got engaged and married a few months after that. This is where things took a serious wrong turn... for lack of a better term, my wife turned out to be a total harpee. After enduring physical and emotional abuse, her dreadful spending and debt acrual habits, and her adulterous activities, for three years, I could not safely live with her any more. I got a divorce, and in order to avoid her putting a two-year hold on the process, I agreed to accept most of the debt and abandon most of my possessions... so I was free of her in 7 months instead. I still had my last job at that point, but a year and a half later I was cut loose without any unemployment benefits (they claimed safety violations... thus, termination with cause, and ineligible for unemployment benefits). I searched for a new job for six months, unsucessfully, and then became very ill.

Turned out to be bone cancer, making me the fifth family member to get any form of cancer in that year (no history of cancer in our family ever before that). I fought it, and with the help of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, I survived my way into remission... I was one of four cancer survivors in our family that year, although two of us didn't make it.

Around this same time, I finally neared the completion of the process to file for bankruptcy (result of the marriage and divorce), and once my cancer treatments were over, and I could think clearly again, I finished that process. In May this year I received my Chapter 7 discharge, a clean bill of health (cancer-remission and unrestricted work-approval), and began officially looking for work again. I have been unemployed for 18 months now, without any benefits aside from Medicaid, and it is very difficult to find a job around here these days, especially with medical benefits which I really really need.

All I can say is... thank goodness my parents still tolerate having me around after all this time being back at home...

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