Popular bookseller Barnes & Noble, is seeking the aid of the the United States Department of Justice to go against computer giant, Microsoft, in what they call patent “bullying.”
B&N and Microsoft are already at war in the courts concerning patents that Microsoft claims B&N are violating when it comes to their Nook Color device. The Nook Color runs on Google’s Android operating system, which Microsoft claims violates it’s own patents. Barnes & Noble on the other hand claims that those items in which Microsoft is calling out, are trivial and should not be seen as a valid arguement. Microsoft, who already collects royalties from several big smartphone manufacturers, like Samsung, HTC and others, actually makes more money off of the royalties they collect from Android, than they do with their own Window Phone operating system.
With the help of the DoJ, the bookseller hopes to defeat Microsoft and put an end to their “dirty business practices” which will also help Google from Microsoft’s attack on the Android mobile OS. But Microsoft will obviously be fighting back hard, as Android threatens not only the new Windows Phone OS, but even the yet to be released Window 8 and many of Microsoft’s properties.
The question is, just how trivial are these infringements and will the Department of Justice get involved?