Microsoft Drops Patent Claims In ITC Fight Over Nook

Law360, Los Angeles (January 11, 2012, 8:50 PM EST) -- Microsoft Corp. sought Tuesday to drop a number of patent claims from a U.S. International Trade Commission investigation of Barnes & Noble in the companies’ patent and antitrust fight over the bookseller’s Nook e-reader, saying the move would simplify the ITC’s investigation.

“Terminating the investigation as to the withdrawn claims does not prejudice the respondents and will conserve the resources of the parties and the commission,” the technology giant wrote in a motion filed Tuesday. “[I]t will simplify the investigation, streamline the hearing and post-hearing issues,...
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