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Barnes & Noble sued over Nook e-reader

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 03 Nov 2009 13:09 User comments (2)

Barnes & Noble sued over Nook e-reader Spring Design, which recently released its Android-based Alex e-reader, has sued Barnes & Noble over the Nook e-reader, claiming B&N "misappropriated trade secrets" and "violated a non-disclosure agreement surrounding Alex technologies."
The company says it started filing patents for Alex in 2006 and was holding conference calls and meetings with B&N execs beginning in 2009. Alex's feature set was discussed confidentially with those execs under a non-disclosure agreement

Says Eric Kmeic, Sprin Design VP of Sales and Marketing: "Spring Design unfortunately had to take the appropriate action to protect its intellectual property rights. We showed the Alex e-book design to Barnes & Noble in good faith with the intention of working together to provide a superior dual screen e-book to the market."

There is no word on what damages Spring is hoping for or expecting. B&N denied comment.

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2 user comments

13.11.2009 22:37

They should have waited till the thing made lots of money, then $ued em...hehe.

24.11.2009 2:58

Originally posted by KillerBug:
They should have waited till the thing made lots of money, then $ued em...hehe.

Doing it so early on makes it seem like a more legitimate suit, to me... Waiting it out just makes it look like you're a patent squatter.

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