In a recent complaint filed in Seattle, Microsoft alleges that Barnes & Noble is infringing on several of its patents by manufacturing and selling the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Microsoft is the owner of several U.S. Patents, including U.S. Patent No. 6,957,233 “Methods and Apparatus for Capturing and Rendering Annotations for Non-modifiable Electronic Content”, all of which they claim are infringed upon by the Nook Color. Microsoft is seeking “enhanced damages and reasonable attorney fees and costs” as Barnes & Noble’s infringement on the patents was “willful and deliberate” and they have “suffered and will continue to suffer damage…” from the importation and sale of the Nook Color in the United States.
Interestingly, the Nook Color runs on Google’s Andriod operating system, which begs the question: Is Microsoft indirectly attacking Google? With the Nook Color gaining in popularity over some other popular e-readers, the damages, if awarded, could be massive.