Evidently not eager to pay a Microsoft patent tax for the Nook
"Microsoft is embarking on a campaign of asserting trivial and outmoded patents against manufacturers of Android devices," attorney Peter Barbur said in an Oct. 17 letter to a Justice 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 issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying: "All modern operating systems include many patented technologies. Microsoft has taken licenses to patents for Windows and we make our patents available on reasonable terms for other operating systems, like Android. We would be pleased to extend a license to Barnes & Noble."