Why is Nokia Taking Google to Court?

Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is alleging Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) newly launched Nexus 7 tablet infringes on patents held by the Finnish company. Google announced the Asus-built, 7-inch device running on Android’s new mobile OS, Jelly Bean, at its developers’ conference last week.

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“Nokia has more than 40 licensees, mainly for its standards essential patent portfolio, including most of the mobile device manufacturers,” a Nokia spokesperson told The Inquirer. “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.”

According to The Inquirer, the allegation could only have to do with patents related with the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard. The Nexus 7 comes in a Wi-Fi only model, without cellular data options. It is set to be released this month starting at $199, going up against a similarly priced and sized Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s (NYSE:BKS) Nook Tablet. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is also preparing to start shipping is new tablet, Surface, soon, as manufacturers try to chip at the massive lead of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad.

Earlier this year, Google had filed a complaint with the European Commission accusing Nokia and Microsoft of mobile patent abuse.

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