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Barnes and Noble Nook Violates Spring Design Alex IP, Claims Lawsuit

As we all know, nowadays many companies love suing others for any little thing they can find, but sometimes those lawsuits have a real case. Well, Spring Design, maker of the Alex, a Android-based dual-display ebook design, is claiming on a lawsuit, that the ebook reader from Barnes and Noble, the Nook, violates the Alex Intellectual Property. Will this turn out to be a real case, or just jealousy from Spring Design, we'll have to follow this closely and see where it ends. The Alex dual-display ebook design from Spring Design has grabbed a fair share of headlines. Many people even thought the Alex and the Nook from B&N were the same device, but as we all know, that's not the case. But according to Spring Design, both, the Nook and the Alex do in fact share some design DNA. Spring Design said that they had been working together with Barnes and Noble since the start of 2009 to bring the Alex design to market under the B&N brand. According to Spring Design, "Barnes & Noble misappropriated trade secrets and violated the parties’ non-disclosure agreement when it copied Alex’ features into its recently announced Nook e-book." And they apparently they have the patents - they began filing back in 2006 - to prove it. Press Release:
Spring Design Files Lawsuit against Barnes & Noble : Nook Violates Alex Intellectual Property CUPERTINO, CA – November 2, 2009 – Spring Design today filed a lawsuit to protect its Alex™ e-book intellectual property. The lawsuit asserts Barnes & Noble misappropriated trade secrets and violated the parties’ non-disclosure agreement when it copied Alex’ features into its recently announced Nook e-book. “Spring Design unfortunately had to take the appropriate action to protect its intellectual property rights,” said Spring Design Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Eric Kmiec. “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.” Spring Design first developed and began filing patents on its Alex e-book, an innovative dual screen, Android-based e-book back in 2006. Since the beginning of 2009 Spring and Barnes & Noble worked within a non-disclosure agreement, including many meetings, emails and conference calls with executives ranging up to the president of Barnes and Noble.com, discussing confidential information regarding the features, functionality and capabilities of Alex. Throughout, Barnes & Noble’s marketing and technical executives extolled Alex’s “innovative” features, never mentioning their use of those features until the public disclosure of the Nook. Alex, with its unique Duet Navigator™, provides the capability for interaction and navigation techniques of the two screens and furthermore utilizes the capabilities of Android to enhance the reader’s experience by supporting interactive access to the Internet for references and links. As the first in the market to offer an e-book with full Internet browsing while reading and with easy navigational control via its touch screen, Alex is well-positioned to offer the most dynamic and powerful reading device in the market. Spring Design is focused at working strategically with book store partners to jointly develop the market and revolutionize e-book with interactive multi-media open Internet access. “It is our desire to resolve this matter so that we can move forward together to expand and grow this e-book market with enriched user experience, bringing readers to a new level of reading enjoyment,” said Eric Kmiec. About Spring Design: Spring Design, founded in 2006, delivers innovative e-reader solutions and products to the e-book market, offering overall “Link Notes”, a content authoring and multi-media publishing tool as add on editions to original text. Spring Design is located in Cupertino, California with engineering offices in Taiwan and China. Spring Design pioneered its patent-pending dual screen design with Duet Navigator™ capability in 2006, and has been working with major book stores, newspapers and publishers over the last two years, sharing the vision and the capabilities of the dual screen device. Spring Design’s innovative patented technologies incorporate the seamless interaction of dual display and multi-online access in a single device, benefiting and leveraging the technology and resources of the Web to enhance the reading experience with open Internet access.

Ex-iPhone users can now deregister iMessage

Apple’s iMessage bug has been affecting a lot of Android users but it’s only now that the Cupertino company has finally released some fixes. Android fans who have been trying to use the iMessage have been experiencing problems especially when it comes to using their old numbers used for the messaging service. Problem was the ex-iPhone users who still wanted to use their iMessage accounts or numbers haven’t been receiving texts and messages because their cellphone number was still associated with Apple’s SMS system.

This Lenovo Sisley is an iPhone 6 lookalike

Another leak coming from China today: the Lenovo Sisley. The photos no doubt seem legit but what makes the phone interesting is that it looks a lot like the new iPhone 6. It looks very similar you’d think it’s an iPhone clone from wherelse—China.

Rackspace wins rotation patent case against Rotatable Technologies

Rackspace has declared that we are all now free to rotate our smartphones. They announced that they have won their Inter Partes Review (IPR) challenge against "patent troll" Rotatable Technologies over the rotating technology that they were trying to have patented with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Rotatable had previously sued Rackspace over the screen rotation technology, which the former claims they own the patent to.

FTC orders Google to refund unauthorized in-app purchases

The Federal Trade Commission ordering tech giants to pay up for unlawful charges is nothing new. Earlier this 2014, Apple was slapped and asked to pay $32.5 million to consumers for unauthorized mobile charges. Last July, FTC filed a lawsuit against Amazon for easy in-app purchases. Before that, it accused T-Mobile of billing unwanted charges to customers after receiving numerous complaints about the matter.

HTC Nexus tablet leaked to come with keyboard folio cover

We don't expect to hear much about Nexus products this IFA 2014 week, but that won't stop the rumors and leaks from coming in. This round is dedicated to a long-awaited Nexus tablet, believed to be made by HTC this time. As part of its launch, Google is believed to provide a new kind of accessory never before seen in any official Nexus add-on: a keyboard folio case.

Nexus X (Nexus 6) set to be released by end of October

We’ve been calling it the Nexus 6 for a while, but apparently, its final name will not be that at all. Although there is still no final name for the upcoming new Nexus device, at least internally, Motorola will be calling it the Nexus X. Sources are also saying that it is set for release by Halloween this year, but don’t expect any big announcement as this is set to be a “secret launch” just like what they did last year with the previous gen, which was, of course the Nexus 5.

Microsoft brings Samsung to court over Android patent deal

On Friday, the Redmond-based global software giant Microsoft announced that it has brought South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung to court over a contract dispute in their patent deal for Android devices. Microsoft, in very basic terms, has a contract with Samsung where it receives royalties for every Android device it sells, and it is suing Samsung because according to them, the latter has not been keeping its part of the contract.
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