Microsoft sues over Android devices the disputes of tech

by Avinash Saxena
Microsoft filed suit today against Barnes & Noble as well as the makers of its Android-based e-reader and tablet devices for patent infringement, part of its broader campaign against Google’s mobile operating system.
The software giant alleges that its patents cover a range of functions “essential to the user experience.” The company specifically cites the way users tab through various screens on the Nook e-reader and the Nook Color tablet, both of which run Android, to find the information they’re after, as well as the way they interact with documents and e-books.
“The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights,” says Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s corporate VP and deputy general counsel for intellectual property and licensing, in a press release.
Microsoft says it’s tried to no avail to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble and its hardware partners. “Their refusals to take licenses leave us no choice but to bring legal action to defend our innovations and fulfill our responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year to bring great software products and services to market,” Gutierrez says.
The suit was filed with the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington. Microsoft also named Foxconn International Holdings and Inventec Corporation as defendants in the case.

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