Google’s Nexus 7 tablet reportedly infringes on Nokia’s Wi-Fi patents

Oh no, not again! It looks like Google may once again be the target of another patent lawsuit. Following the injunction that its Galaxy Nexus has been hit with, Google may get sued by Nokia who claims that the Nexus 7 tablet violates one its patents.

The Nexus 7 was introduced last week during Google I/O and with a very attractive price tag of at least $199, it is destined to become one the best selling Android tablets this year. A patent lawsuit from Nokia could make things difficult for ASUS and Google.

The patent in question relates to the IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard. A Nokia spokesperson informed the INQUIRER that his/her company has 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.”

Luckily for Google and ASUS, Nokia will probably not be as aggressive as Apple. They’re instead giving the two companies the opportunity for a discussion leading to a licensing deal.