According to Publishers Weekly , Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Barnes and Noble for patent infringement from production of the Nook and NookColor. The suits have been filed with the International Trade Commission and the US District Court of the Western District of Washington; and include Barnes and Noble’s manufacturing partners Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. and Inventic Corporation.
According to Microsoft VP for intellectual property and licensing Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft has tried for over year to reach agreements with the bookstore. “Their refusals to take licenses leave us no choice but to bring legal action to defend our innovations.”
Gutierez also stated that “The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights.”
In addition to the lawsuit against Barnes and Noble, Microsoft has also filed suits against Motorola Mobility and their Android phones. The patents that are being violated ” cover a range of functionality embodied in Android devices that are essential to the user experience, including: natural ways of interacting with devices by tabbing through various screens to find the information they need; surfing the Web more quickly, and interacting with documents and e-books.”
In response to the lawsuit, a Barnes and Noble spokes person stated “as a matter of policy, we don’t comment on litigation.”
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