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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.

Qualcomm loses “large customer”, could be Samsung

It's only January but Qualcomm is already done with the quarter of fiscal 2015. The company was proud to announce a strong quarter with record quarterly revenues. The numbers look good despite facing patent infringement lawsuits by NVIDIA the previous quarter. However, the chip maker is said to be lowering its revenue outlook for the semiconductor business and EPS expectations for the 2nd half of fiscal year. Why do that when the first quarter achieved record revenues?

Samsung reportedly buying BlackBerry

Samsung is reportedly buying Blackberry. According to sources familiar with the matter who opted remain anonymous, Samsung would be looking to gain access to Blackberry’s patent portfolio. If the deal were to go down, the company would be bought for as much as $7.5 billion. It’ll cost $13.35 to $15.49 per share, or 38-60% over what Blackberry currently trades at.

BOSS phone promises super security, privacy

There are hundreds probably thousands of smartphone models available all over the world today. It's so hard to choose now especially since smartphones are growing as everyone's primary device. Compared to tablet growth and laptop sales, smartphones are more in demand than ever. The challenge is for manufacturers to make their phones stand out in a market that is so well-saturated now.

Polaroid Selfie smartphone hands-on: part of a whole new line

Walking on the floor today at CES 2015, Polaroid has introduced their first line of smartphones. With several different models on display, The Polaroid Selfie smartphone was the only one listed with a unique model name. The rest are still in generic mode, prepared for Polaroid’ future in camera centric smartphones. Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop and powered with an Octa-core processor, the Polaroid Selfie is a robust seemingly unique design.

Rockstar Consortium to end patent wars, sells 4,000 patents

Early Christmas gift or hell freezing over (again)? Rockstar Consortium (not to be confused with Rockstar, the game developers) and patent clearinghouse RPX have announced an agreement that would transfer ownership of 4,000 patents that the consortium owns over to RPX. And as part of that agreement, Rockstar has agreed to drop all ongoing patent lawsuits against the likes of Samsung, LG, and HTC. Sadly for Google and Cisco, this announcement comes after they've agreed to settle a similar patent squabble with Rockstar last month.

OnePlus and Cyanogen go head-to-head in India

When in a span of a month, you see Cyanogen make an exclusive agreement with Indian retailer Micromax, and then you see OnePlus break their exclusive “invite only” purchasing process to launch a new purchasing avenue for the Indian market, you know there was something big brewing. To put quite shortly, it looks like OP has been wronged, but because of a court decision – it looks like it won’t be able to continue selling the OnePlus One phone in India.

Android Community Weekly Digest: Dec. 14, 2014

Things have been relatively quiet on the mobile front this week, seemingly the great quiet before the storm. Of course, that doesn't mean nothing of importance passed us by. This week saw one of the biggest updates to Android Wear: official support for watch faces. We've also seen a good number of games land on Android. India also continues to be mired in controversy . This is your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from December 8 to December 14, 2014

Mojang’s Scrolls card-slash-board game launches on Android

When Minecraft makers Mojang announced that it would be making a new game based on a new IP, all eyes were on it. Almost all of those eyes probably rolled when it was revealed to be a card game, which meant somewhat competing with Magic: The Gathering and the more recent Hearthstone from Blizzard. Pushing through adversity, doubt, and a trademark lawsuit from Bethesda (owners of the Elder Scrolls line), Mojang finally releases Scrolls on PCs, Macs, and yes, Android as well.
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