Now that its sales have dropped, it seems that Nokia seems to be focusing on other ways to increase its revenue. It is apparently going after Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet, claiming that it infringes on certain patents owned by the withering Finnish giant.
According to Nokia, neither Google or Asus have licensed its patents related to the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard for the Nexus 7.
“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,” said a Nokia spokesperson.
Google has priced its Nexus 7 tablet starting at $199. If licensing costs increase, Google may have to either increase its pricing a bit, or take a hit on each tablet sold, along with Asus.
Nokia is unlikely to drag Google or Asus to the court or seek an injunction on the sales of the Nexus 7, but will request the companies to license its patents instead.