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Barnes and Noble urges DOJ to probe Microsofts Android patent licensing tactics

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first_imgMicrosoft might have thought Barnes and Noble to be an easy target for more patent licensing revenue, but they were mistaken. B&N has now taken the fight right to the big guns at the Department of Justice, and is imploring U.S. regulators to take a closer look at Redmond’s strong-arm tactics.In their complaint, B&N alleges that Microsoft is using “trivial and outmoded” patents to wage battle against Android manufacturers. Further, the claim states that Microsoft is merely trying to drive up the cost of its rivals products in order to squash competition. What Microsoft is doing isn’t really any different from what’s going on in the mobile tech world in general, and saying that a company doesn’t have the right to protect its intellectual property (and profit from it) certainly doesn’t make any sense. Motivation is the key factor here, and B&N clearly hopes that the DOJ takes its side in the fight against Microsoft.Barnes and Noble isn’t quite in the same boat as the many companies who have already signed licensing agreements with Microsoft. HTC, Samsung, and several other licensees also build Windows or Windows Phone devices. The desire to maintain a good working relationship with Microsoft might have made it a bit easier to justify signing off on an Android agreement. B&N doesn’t, however, so it’s got nothing to lose by throwing down the gauntlet (apart from a briefcase full of cash in legal expenses).They’ve also got a bit more motivation. Microsoft filed with the ITC to block the import of the Nook eReaders, a step we haven’t heard about them taking with other manufacturers. Such a block would be disastrous for Barnes and Noble, with Amazon’s updated Kindle range heading to retail outlets next week. B&N didn’t have to worry too much about competition from Amazon in brick and mortar stores previously, but with more than 16,000 locations now set to carry the Kindle Fire and Kindle readers, B&N really needs to put this issue to bed before it causes any further complications.More at Bloomberglast_img read more