And the types of innovations that Microsoft are using to extort these fees? How about the ability to display a graphic while a downloading is occurring.
Fortunately Barnes & Nobel have refused to sign and, in the process, are bringing the details into the light. In its response to Microsoft’s complaint, B&N says that Microsoft is trying to dominate Android with “exorbitant license fees and absurd licensing restrictions,” that is more than Microsoft charges for the entirety of Windows Phone 7.
B&N has asked the U.S. Justice Department to review Microsoft’s patent-licensing agreements with makers of Android devices, saying “Microsoft is embarking on a campaign of asserting trivial and outmoded patents against manufacturers of Android devices.” Its attorney Peter Barbur said in an Oct. 17 letter to a DOJ official: “Microsoft is attempting to raise its rivals’ costs in order to drive out competition and to deter innovation in mobile devices. … Microsoft’s conduct poses serious antitrust concerns.”
Microsoft wants to stifle innovation in the Open Source space because it knows it can’t compete. Their intention is clear – if they can’t beat them with innovation, then they will do it with litigation.
Patent law has been corrupted – turning it from a defensive tool into a weapon. Without a major overhaul of the existing system we are heading into a modern dark age.
- Barnes & Noble files long list of prior art in Microsoft patent case (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Barnes & Noble decides to fight Microsoft Android patents (geek.com)
- Google and Barnes & Noble get serious about Android patent lawsuits (zdnet.com)