Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Nov 2011 00:10 UTC
Legal The legal fire between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft is flaring up even more. B&N has filed a compilation or prior art to Microsoft's patents. B&N is proving just how easily and quickly Samsung, HTC, and other buckled to Microsoft's protection racket: we're talking 43 (!) pages of prior art, drawing from things like old Netscape releases, GNU Emacs, and much more. If B&N can create such a monumental list of prior art, why didn't Samsung or HTC? Amazing.
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Comment by catonic
by catonic on Sat 19th Nov 2011 00:50 UTC
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Because Samsung and HTC know that these nonsense patents don't apply in Asia (the largest and fastest growing market) and only really apply in the USA (a small and rapidly declining market).
Barnes and Noble however are fighting for their survival and know they need their Nook as a platform to sell their content on.
Hence they are much more serious.

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RE: Comment by catonic
by dsmogor on Sat 19th Nov 2011 09:07 in reply to "Comment by catonic"
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Weren't they forced to pay for *every* android device produced?

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RE[2]: Comment by catonic
by JAlexoid on Sat 19th Nov 2011 18:20 in reply to "RE: Comment by catonic"
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There is another factor in play for HTC and Samsung - they are heavily dependent on Microsoft in other markets.
They could fight it out and might even win the first case, but they would ultimately loose in their other markets. HTC - WP7 phones. Samsung - PC business.

Microsoft still has an extraordinary amount of leverage against all of their "partners".

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RE[2]: Comment by catonic
by glarepate on Sat 19th Nov 2011 19:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by catonic"
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Why would they pay a U.S. patent fee for devices that aren't sold here (or there depending on your location)? That would really be patent misuse!

Have you seen anything that says that? If so, post a link to it. I didn't sign the NDA, so I can read it and share it with others.

On the other hand they can afford to just pay and keep on doing it. At least until their $50 billion cash reserve runs out. And by then they may come up with a new tactic.

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