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Barnes & Noble is asking the Department of Justice to investigate Microsoft's patent-licensing tactics, accusing the software giant of trying to thwart competition with flimsy infringement claims.
"Microsoft is attempting to raise its rivals' costs in order to drive out competition and deter innovation in mobile devices," Barnes & Noble lawyer Peter T. Barbur wrote in an October 17 letter to Gene I. Kimmelman, the Justice Department's chief counsel for competition policy in its antitrust division. "Microsoft's conduct poses serious antitrust concerns and warrants further exploration by the Department of Justice."

Barnes & Noble's Nook e-readers run on Google's Android mobile operating system, which has been under attack from Microsoft patent lawyers. Microsoft has convinced several device makers--including HTC, Wistron, and Compal--to pay it licensing fees for every device they sell that uses Android.

Barnes & Noble refused to pay the fee, leading Microsoft to sue it in March, accusing the bookseller of patent infringement. In its response a month later, Barnes & Noble countered that Microsoft was misusing patent law to slow down rivals.
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The part that I like is "Barnes & Noble refused to pay the fee". All this patent stuff is getting out of hand. Nice to see someone saying "no".
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IMHO the DoJ should investigate everyone's patent tactics (or just the damn patent laws!) as they are all doing the same thing
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Well from my perspective it certainly seems like patents are getting way out of hand but I had hoped Apple would be the one to get in trouble for it since they seem to do it the most.
    
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I guess Barnes & Noble have Macs . In anycase, I really hope they give the Patent System a shakedown as it has become a tad ridiculous.
 
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The patent system itself needs an overhaul. There needs to be a big line drawn in the sand for fair use and license fees as well. Just because someone uses similar tech doesn't mean they should be sue-worthy.

Unfortunately, I don't think we'll ever see patent reform.
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The patent system itself needs an overhaul. There needs to be a big line drawn in the sand for fair use and license fees as well. Just because someone uses similar tech doesn't mean they should be sue-worthy.

Unfortunately, I don't think we'll ever see patent reform.
Sir, I have a patent for that type of statement.

My lawyers will be contacting you.

It is getting out of hand and easily abused.
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Sir, I have a patent for that type of statement.

My lawyers will be contacting you.

It is getting out of hand and easily abused.
I'm sorry, I've patented the method of using courts, lawyers, and judges to prosecute and bring to justice people who have been infringing on your patents. I'm afraid you'll have to pay a $740,000.00 per use licensing fee in order to use this method to defend your patents, or I shall be forced to use it against you.
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Sounds like Microsoft should be going after Google.
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DOJ should hire OCN fanboys to sort this mess out, because obviously we know more about this injustice!
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