Microsoft suing B&N over the Nook

Today we got to see Microsoft apply that old chestnut: If you can’t innovate, sue.

Microsoft just announced that they are suing Barnes & Noble, Foxconn, and Inventec for violating MS patents in making the Nook. According to Microsoft, “The patents at issue cover a range of functionality embodied in Android devices that are essential to the user experience, including: natural ways of interacting with devices by tabbing through various screens to find the information they need; surfing the Web more quickly, and interacting with documents and e-books.”

There’s no response yet from B&N, but you can be sure that they will fight. Microsoft filed a similar action last October against Motorola, over their Android-based smartphones. The company’s claims against Android first became apparent earlier last year, when they reached a patent deal with HTC over Android.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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