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[Groklaw] Microsoft Sues B&N over Android (Nook e-reader)

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It looks like Microsoft has finally filed lawsuits against the Android platform citing several silly patents. Instead of going after Google, MS has decided to take on Barnes & Noble, Foxconn, and Inventec over the Nook e-reader. Could this be the beginning of the long awaited patent Armageddon between MS and the open-source world? This could get nasty.

From Groklaw:

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Microsoft steps out from behind the proxies and files its own patent lawsuit against Android, suing Barnes and Noble because it sells Nooks, which run on Android. GeekWire has the patents listed, if you are free to look at them, and the complaint [PDF]. (I have a local copy also, so we don't melt anyone's servers.)

Why not sue Google? Who knows? Well, this *is* Microsoft. It's jungle ethics. Don't go after the strongest in the field. Besides, they seem to be trying to make a point: what they seem to want is for folks to quit using Android in their products by scaring them with litigation. You could be next, is the message, so pay up. Microsoft says "we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers." Just like SCO. SCOsource II, you might say.
Geekwire also covered the story here. From their article:

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Microsoft says it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Barnes & Noble and the manufacturers of its Nook e-reader, based on the Redmond company’s assertion that the Android operating system violates its intellectual property.

The lawsuits, naming manufacturers Foxconn and Inventec in addition to the book giant, were filed in the U.S. District Court in Seattle and the International Trade Commission. Microsoft says the patents in dispute “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.”
And here is a list of the "infringing" patents.
Edited by thiussat - 3/22/11 at 8:52am
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They're circling the drain. They've been outdone and they're losing, so they're going to sue. They're mad cause they've had their asses handed to them by google more than once. Hope the judge rules against them.
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I hope Microsoft wins.
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