Microsoft, Despite Making No Tablet Computers, Sues Barnes & Noble for Patent Infringement Over Its Nook Tablet"/>
Sure, Microsoft doesn't actually make any form of tablet computer. But as anyone who follows the company will tell you, it owns the licensing rights to everything imaginable, including several tablet designs. Now Barnes & Noble is finding out what happens when a piece of technology sold by a company resembles anything close to what Microsoft has in its patent portfolio.
A statement released by Deputy General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez on Microsoft's website Monday details a lawsuit against B&N for patent infringement relating to its Nook reader tablet.
Microsoft today filed legal actions against Barnes & Noble, Inc., Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., and Inventec Corporation in both the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Today's actions focus on the patent infringement by the Nook e-reader and the Nook Color tablet, both of which run the Android operating system.
Gutierrez goes on to trumpet Microsoft's patent-infringement filings as some sort of badge of honor, before adding that "Microsoft is not a company that pursues litigation lightly."
Together with the patents already asserted in the course of our litigation against Motorola, today's actions bring to 25 the total number of Microsoft patents in litigation for infringement by Android smartphones, tablets and other devices.
Patent-trolling has certainly been made into an art form by Microsoft, but the skill with which the company trolls seems to come into sharper focus when it doesn't even make a product that it accuses other companies of stealing.