It seems, if Nokia is right, that one of the reasons Google was able to sell their high spec Quadcore Nexus 7 tablet for only $200 is that they are, as usual, not paying for the patents their products use.
A Nokia spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "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.â€
The patents in question are believed to be for the IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard, but unlike Apple, who are out to destroy Android and are in the process of taking out an injunction against the Galaxy Nexus, Nokia only wants Google to pay a fair price.
"Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license," Nokia is quoted as saying.
Unlike usual, in this case Google will be selling their Android product directly from their Play store, making it one of the few occasions Google may in fact be directly liable for the infringement. Hopefully either Google will start paying for the patents they infringe, giving Nokia, who already receive several million from Apple for the same reason, a boost, or Nokia and Google will finally have they day in court and settle the Android patent issue once and for all.
Via the Inquirer.com
Thanks Milad for the tip.