March 22, 2011

Microsoft Makes Patent Infringement Accusations

On Monday, Microsoft accused Foxconn, Barnes & Noble and Inventec Corp. of infringing on the software giant's technology patents in devices running on Google-based Android software.

Microsoft filed the legal dispute with the U.S. International Trade Commission and a federal court in Washington state.

"By bringing this case, we are protecting our investments on behalf of our customers, partners and shareholders - just as other companies do," Microsoft deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez said in a blog post.

"Our firm view remains, however, that licensing is the best way forward for the industry."

According to the legal fillings, Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader and Nook Color tablet violate Microsoft patents.

Gutierrez said in a blog post that patents involved in the dispute include being able to page through on-screen windows using tabs and to annotate text without altering digital documents.

A Microsoft spokesperson told PC World that other patents in question also includes a feature that enables the devices to load content on web pages quicker.

The legal filings involve 25 of Microsoft patents on smartphones, tablets or other devices powered by Android software.

Gutierrez said HTC bought a license from Microsoft last year to cover technology in its Android-powered smartphones.

Microsoft said that the legal filings came after a year after talks with Barnes & Noble, Foxconn, and Inventec failed to reach a licensing deal.


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