The Inquirer reports that Microsoft has filed a lawsuit with the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec, claiming their sale and manufacturing of Barnes & Noble's Android-based Nook tablet infringes on its patents.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft says it has "tried for over a year" to come to a licensing agreement with Barnes & Noble and its manufacturing partners. Computerworld quotes Horacio Gutierrez, deputy general counsel for Microsoft's intellectual property and licensing, as saying:
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.
PCWorld notes that Google is taking issue with that case:
Sweeping software patent claims like Microsoft's threaten innovation ... While we are not a party to this lawsuit, we stand behind the Android platform and the partners who have helped us to develop it.
Android has faced a number of attacks with lawsuits between Microsoft and Motorola, Oracle and Google and a Gemalto suit against Google, Motorola, HTC and Samsung.