Nokia is likely to recommend that Google or Asus obtain the proper licenses
Nokia claims that the Google Nexus 7 tablet, co-developed by Asus, infringes some of its WiFi patents.
Google has unveiled the Nexus 7 tablet at its developer summit I/O in San Francisco last week.
The 7-inch device runs on Android’s latest version 4.1 Jelly Bean, features a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU and comes with a $199 price tag.
The patents are likely related to the IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard, as Nokia says that neither Google nor Asus have sought to license the technologies and calls for the two companies to come to a license agreement.
Nokia spokesperson told The INQUIRER that 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," the spokesperson said.
"Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license."
It is unclear if Nokia has filed a patent-infringement claim or will file an injunction against the tablet while neither Asus nor Google have commented on Nokia’s claims.
The ongoing patent battles are likely to get intense as companies have been gearing up to launch their own tablets in a market dominated by Apple.
Apple recently won an injunction on the sale of Samsung Galaxy Tablets in the US and has now won second injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The order, which bans Samsung from selling the Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the US, is another setback for the South Korean handset giant in its legal battle with iPad maker Apple.
Nokia was the world’s top handset maker until it lost the position to Apple and Samsung which captured 55% of global smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2012.