The struggling bookseller now has to fend off a lawsuit from Microsoft over the Android OS in its Nook eBook Reader.
Microsoft MSFT today filed legal actions against Barnes & Noble, Inc. BKS , Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., and Inventec Corporation in both the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington over patents related to the Android operating systems on which its Nook eBook readers are based.
Opening a new window tab?
Showing the content of a page while an image is loading?
The download status bar?
Select text? Comically, Microsoft’s own Windows Phone 7 can’t yet select text for cutting and pasting.
Annotations without changing the underlying document. Again, trivial.
I understand that patents are a serious game but these seem to be not only trivial but easy to circumvent and at worst easy to omit. It does however bring up something interesting. Perhaps the reason Barnes and Noble doesn’t actually build a full Android tablet, as I’ve discussed before, is because it doesn’t wan to be further into Microsoft’s patent crosshairs.
Motorola MMI , another manufacturer of Android OS devices, which stopped producing Microsoft products a few years ago, is also in Microsoft’s litigation sights with these and other patents. Motorola, is no slouch when it comes to patents and has sued back. Samsung and HTC, which produce both Windows and Android devices have been spared for the moment.
The message Microsoft is sending here is clear. “We’ve got no other way to fight Android but to litigate, no matter how silly the patents sound”