B&N Wants Antitrust Probe Of Microsoft’s IP Claims

Law360, Los Angeles (November 8, 2011, 8:39 PM EST) -- Barnes & Noble Inc. has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether Microsoft Corp. is trying to stifle competition by demanding patent licensing fees from mobile device makers who use Google Inc.’s Android operating system, according to a letter released Monday.

In a letter to the U.S. antitrust regulators, Barnes & Noble claims Microsoft has conspired to corner the mobile phone and tablet markets through a series of patent licensing tactics that have increased costs for its rivals. The letter, which was sent to...
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