Barnes Noble decides to fight Microsoft Android patents

first_imgMicrosoft has been enjoying a growing amount of income from the Android platform purely through license deals and royalty payments from companies who actually use the mobile operating system.In fact, it seems to have become a bit too easy for Microsoft of late. They wait for a hardware manufacturer to release an Android device, get in touch and point out the patents being violated, show them a list of other high profile companies that already pay them for using Android, and wait for the signature and new revenue stream.That Android cash cow could be about to get shot for being lame, though. Barnes & Noble, who offer the Nook and Nook Tablet, has decided Microsoft’s advances for Android royalties aren’t valid and will fight them in court. The problem for Microsoft is, they seem to have a pretty rock solid case against them.The two arguments B&N are using include the fact it believes Microsoft is extending the patents beyond their reasonable scope in order to catch Android in their net. And secondly, B&N has provided over 100 examples of prior art, which the company believes invalidates Microsoft’s patents for Android.Producing a couple of examples or prior art may put the argument on shaky ground, but over 100 makes it look like there is something seriously amiss with the patents Microsoft is relying upon for its royalties. It also helps that the prior art claims don’t just relate to one of Microsoft’s patents, they relate to five, including:Remote retrieval and display management of electronic documentSystem provided child window controlsLoading status in a hypermedia browser having a limited available display areaSelection handles in editing electronic documentsMethod and apparatus for capturing and rendering annotationsB&N is sure to win some influential fans by taking this stand, in particular Google will be watching this fight closely. We just have to wait and see what the judge in the case decides, and whether Microsoft has another set of patents kept in reserve in case this ever happened and they lose a case.Read more at InfoWorld and the B&N Supplemental Notice of Prior Art (PDF)last_img read more