Time to clean your specs' lenses in mock disbelief. The Google/Asus Nexus 7 is said to violate Nokia patents. And this might be just the first of several such accusations. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers appear tired of all the IP shenanigans.
By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Mark Vidler is BACK, baby...
Carly Page turns to say:
Nokia claims...the tablet infringes...its patents. ... It's believed that the patents...have to do with the IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard. ... "Nokia has more than 40 licensees...including most of the mobile device manufacturers. ... [Google and Asus] should simply approach us and sign up for a license."
...An Asus spokesperson refused to comment.
John McCann translates the PR quote:
Nokia is unlikely to [employ] the Apple way of doing things, instead insisting that Google/Asus sign up for the required licences.
But Slobodan Simic sees the dead hand of Redmond:
[There's] speculation that Microsoft is behind [it] in order to slow down Google...before Surface appears.
Speaking of which, Kevin Parrish says that MS may go direct:
There's speculation that a direct licensing deal isn't established between Google and Microsoft...if not, Google may need to negotiate sooner with Microsoft rather than later.
...Google may be forced to increase the price of both Nexus 7 tablets. ... Google supposedly doesn't make any money from the hardware, relying on software sales instead. ... [So] these price points may not be sustainable.
Oh, ****. Must I quote the alleged-shill Florian Müller again?
Meanwhile, Eric Ravenscraft just rolls his eyes:
...it's almost impossible to launch a high-profile device without someone claiming you've infringed a patent somewhere.
...The announcement seems to be a more casual nod...to simply fork over a bit of cash, akin to the Rob Schneider prompting Kevin for a tip in Home Alone 2 [I am currently accepting applications...to update my movie references to this millennium].
Mark Vidler is BACK, baby