This seems like one of those “savor the moment” post, because now Barnes and Noble has gone down as one of the very few that actually stood up against Microsoft. Just two days ago, Barnes and Noble fired back at Microsoft with the following quotes:
“On information and belief, as part of Microsoft’s recently announced agreement with Nokia to replace Nokia’s Symbian operating system with Microsoft’s own mobile device operating system, Microsoft and Nokia discussed and apparently agreed upon a strategy for coordinated offensive use of their patents,” says the B&N filing. “This type of horizontal agreement between holders of significant patent portfolios is per se illegal under the antitrust laws, threatens competition for mobile device operating systems and is further evidence of Microsoft’s efforts to dominate and control Android and other open source operating systems.”
This accusation is a major one because it could be the down fall of Microsoft’s plans, and maybe even wreck their future plans for patent based money making. Now the next quote is a little attack on Microsoft’s manhood, to put it in perspective, saying Microsoft is losing their touch basically:
“Microsoft did not invent, research, develop, or make available to the public mobile devices employing the Android Operating System and other open source operating systems, but nevertheless seeks to dominate something it did not invent,” B&N’s complaint says.
All these patent battles are becoming extremely entertaining, and I don’t know about you, but the comments by the execs make us imagine if this really is any other than Childs play.
Source: Barnes & Noble says Microsoft is attacking Android with its patent-infringement claims | ZDNet