Wed Mar, 2011 by Derek Mehraban
The latest lawsuit to plague the Android OS is Microsoft’s suit of Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec. At the moment there are 36 other lawsuits concerning intellectual property infringement, all involving the Android OS.
This is an issue that, many think, plagues Google at large and not just Android. Google is well known for tinkering with generally licensed products and then trademarking those same products. Google’s lack of diligence with IPR, at least as compared to others in the industry, makes some wonder if the Android’s IPR troubles are just beginning.
How the courts handle these situations will affect millions of people and possibly even the potential for Android to exist. Marketers should keep apprised of the situation, as the iOS may become the dominant platform without even having to be tested in the marketplace.