Microsoft attacks Android again: sues Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec

Microsoft is at it again and has launched another Android patent infringement case this time against Barnes & Noble and the manufacturers of its Nook Android based eBook reader which are Foxconn and Inventec.

“The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights. To facilitate that we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers,” said Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property & Licensing.

“HTC, a market leader in Android smartphones, has taken a license under this program. We have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec. Their refusals to take licenses leave us no choice but to bring legal action to defend our innovations and fulfill our responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year to bring great software products and services to market,” he added.

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Foxconn engineer looses iPhone4G prototype, commits suicide!


Ok now that’s sad. Sun Danyong, a 25 year old Foxconn employee committed suicide after losing an iPhone 4G prototype he was supposedly working on. When the phone, his apartment was illegally searched and got was detained and physically abused. Sad story. I’m not going to debate about all this “Apple puts too much pressure on ODMS for secrecy” for now. Let the man rip.

Source : VentureBeat