Microsoft sues Barnes & Noble over the NOOK
Microsoft has patents on the way most people experience the web, and they say that Google’s Android has violated those patents.
According to them, the way they prefer to deal with companies that use Android is to have those companies pay them for the use of the patent…to pay them a licensing fee.
Last year, HTC did that for their SmartPhones…and Amazon did it for the Kindle (according to Microsoft).
Barnes & Noble has not done that.
Microsoft says they’ve been talking to the for a year, and they haven’t been able to reach such an agreement.
Microsoft also says:
“Together with the patents already asserted in the course of our litigation against Motorola, today’s actions bring to 25 the total number of Microsoft patents in litigation for infringement by Android smartphones, tablets and other devices. Microsoft is not a company that pursues litigation lightly. In fact, this is only our seventh proactive patent infringement suit in our 36-year history. But we simply cannot ignore infringement of this scope and scale.”
What is this going to mean?
Well, the first part of that question is whether or not Microsoft would win. My guess is they would. :) They probably wouldn’t start these suits, which are expensive, if they didn’t think they’d win.
If B&N switched to the licensing program, would Microsoft drop the suit? Maybe…although they might want to sweeten things a bit, including paying for Microsoft’s legal costs.
I don’t think this crushes the NOOK (this affects both the NOOK and the NOOKColor)…but it doesn’t help…
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.