Microsoft has been putting together patent licensing agreements with mobile phone manufacturers like HTC and Samsung. These agreements are so the companies can produce devices using Google’s Android operating system without having to worry about infringing on Microsoft’s patents in the mobile and operating systems.
Now however, Barnes and Noble, whose Nook reader uses Android, is requesting the U.S. Justice Department to look into Microsoft’s actions claiming they seek to monopolize the mobile device market.
Based on this article at Bloomberg, Nook reader sales could make up 24% of the company’s revenue next year. It’s no wonder then that Barnes and Noble is taking this legal action.