Microsoft Sues Barnes & Noble for Patent Infringement

Microsoft has sued Barnes & Noble for patent infringement in the development of their Android-based e-reader, the Nook.

According to the company’s release, Microsoft has filed legal action with both the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington.

Microsoft’s deputy general counsel for intellectual property & licensing Horacio Gutierrez had this statement: “The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights.  To facilitate that we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers … Other vendors, including HTC, a market leader in Android smartphones, have taken a license under this program, and we have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec. Their refusals to take licenses leave us no choice but to bring legal action to defend our innovations and fulfill our responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year to bring great software products and services to market.” (Via Publishers Lunch)