Nokia is joining the patent war. Last year Nokia mentioned they had a pretty heavy patent portfolio for wireless technologies and that they were willing to use this portfolio to bring money in for the company. Many devices you use with wifi use some sort of patent from Nokia and they get some money for it. Apparently neither Google nor Asus are paying up to Nokia for wireless patent sharing. Seems odd considering Asus has tablets out there already. Either way Nokia is quoted as saying:
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.
So it looks like Nokia wants to play nice. There are also all kinds of legal reasons that Nokia would want to settle this outside of a courthouse. Generally in patent disputes a company has to prove that they are losing sales because of a patent infringement by another company. Nokia doesn’t make tablets, so that’s not an issue here.
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