Originally Posted by David Marseilles
I feel increasingly comfortable calling it trolling since the one company that didn't fold and fought the claims -- B&N -- got MS to give THEM money.
... for a portion of the Nook business, an agreement to develop software for Window 8 and Windows Phone, and an agreement to use Microsoft backend billing services, and in return B&N agreed to pay Microsoft's patent licencing fees in the future. (Of course we don't know what level those fees were negotiated to, they could be minimal.)
Edit: The Patent Agreement is here: http://www.faqs.org/sec-filings/1204...K/ex10-3.htm#b
But is subject to so much redaction as to provide very little information, these lines being great examples:
“[***] Functionality” means functionality that (i) associates [***] displays [***] or (ii) [***] and displays [***].
“[***] Functionality” means (i) a [***] system with one or more [***] that are able to [***]; (ii) software that [***]; or (iii) any combination of (i) and (ii), or portions thereof, wherein the primary function of the foregoing (i), (ii) or (iii) is to [***].
The commercial agreement is here: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/da...191/ex10-2.htm
Interestingly, it requires B&N to push the Nook out into further geographies, which they haven't managed at all so far.