Originally Posted by murraypaul
Well they weren't, until they dropped the lawsuit.
Everybody else who has been sued has either cross-licensed or paid.
And since B&N has nothing worth the cross-license...
They didn't even have the money to pay back royalties, much less the lawyers to keep up the fight. Unless *their* lawyers are singularly better than those of everybody else from Tom-Tom to Amazon and beyond, they were going to pay.
That is probably what opened the door to the settlement in the first place.
B&N to MS: "Do you want us to declare bankruptcy?! We.Can't.Pay!"
You hear a lot of pooh-poohing the Microsoft patents from the peanut gallery and the anti-IP advocates but down in the trenches they have prevailed in every lawsuit so I'd be wary of assuming its just a big bluff.
The smoke is thick enough to believe there is a fire there.