Barnes & Noble has requested the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the patents that Microsoft claims on devices running Google’s Android.

Microsoft has a patent agreement which allows it to receive patent royalties from manufacturers that produce smartphones or tablets running Android operating system. Microsoft has said that it has “taken licenses to patents for Windows” and its patents are available to other manufacturers on “reasonable terms.” Microsoft had alleged that Barnes & Noble was violating five of its patents, and tried stop the imports of Nook readers. The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington received a formal complaint from Microsoft with details about the patent infringement.

The Redmond-based giant claims that Google’s Android platform uses key technologies which are based on Microsoft’s patented inventions.

It has struck a licensing deal with two of the biggest manufacturers of Android devices: Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC Corp.

Microsoft allegedly attempting to monopolize market:- Barnes & Noble believes that Microsoft could be monopolizing the market with these agreements. The company has sent a report to Gene Kimmelman, Justice Department’s chief counsel, for competition policy with details about Microsoft’s patent claims, calling them “trivial and outmoded.”

Barnes & Noble has alleged that Microsoft is aggressively trying to hinder competition by increasing the costs to such manufacturers.

Giving examples of Microsoft’s patent agreements, Barnes & Noble says that Microsoft has made the patent agreements to make sure that other manufacturers using other operating system don’t make a dent in the sales of Windows smartphones and tablets.

Right from the very beginning, Microsoft has been accused of arm-twisting PC manufacturers to push Windows operating systems on their machines.

Earlier, Microsoft had alleged that Barnes & Noble was violating five of its patents, and tried stop the imports of Nook readers. The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington received a formal complaint from Microsoft with details about the patent infringement.

Nook readers are e-book readers produced by Barnes & Noble and run on the Android platform. Google’s Android platform uses key technologies which are based on Microsoft’s patented inventions. It has struck a licensing deal with two of the biggest manufacturers of Android devices: Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC Corp.

Microsoft ready to sign deal:- In response to Barnes & Noble’s report, Microsoft has said that it has “taken licenses to patents for Windows” and its patents are available to other manufacturers on “reasonable terms.” According to Microsoft, all modern operating systems include some patented technologies which cannot be used without authorization. Barnes & Noble has alleged that Microsoft is aggressively trying to hinder competition by increasing the costs to such manufacturers.

It added that it would be pleased to sign a licensing deal with Barnes & Noble to resolve the differences.

Microsoft’s monopolistic practices have often drawn a lot of criticism from experts and tech enthusiasts. Right from the very beginning, Microsoft has been accused of arm-twisting PC manufacturers to push Windows operating systems on their machines.

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