Barnes & Noble, the maker of Nook e-reader & tablet products refused to sign an licensing agreement with Microsoft for infringing patents. Their Nook products runs on Android platform which clearly violates no.of patents that are owned by Microsoft. While OEMs who make more than 70% of the Android devices have already entered into an patent agreement with Microsoft, B&N refused to do so. Microsoft filed a case against B&N for patent infringement and B&N in response filed an anti-trust claim to ITC stating that Microsoft is asking for high licensing fees, etc,.
Today ITC granted Microsoft’s motion to dismiss B&N’s anti-trust claims against it. This is going to be a big blow to B&N since it was their only hope in the case against Microsoft. The Barnes & Noble’s “patent misuse” defense against Microsoft trial will start next Monday (February 6). Lets see what happens..
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Source: FOSS Patents