Microsoft: Nook's Android OS Violates Our Patents

Tuesday Mar 22nd 2011 by Datamation.com Staff
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Microsoft is suing Barnes & Noble and its e-book reader manufacturing partners.

eWeek: Microsoft has filed patent violation lawsuits against Barnes & Noble and the manufacturers of the Nook e-book reader--Foxconn and Inventec. Microsoft claims that the Android-based device infringes on its intellectual property. "The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft's patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights," said Microsoft's Horacio Gutierrez. "To facilitate that, we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers."

"We have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements," Gutierrez added. "Their refusals to take licenses leave us no choice but to bring legal action to defend our innovations."

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