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Spring Design is suing Barnes & Noble for allegedly stealing its e-book reader designs. The Cupertino-based company announced its own dual-screen viewer, the Alex, in October, but claims that since the beginning of the year it's been in conversation with Barnes & Noble under a mutual non-disclosure agreement, during which time …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Ideal for pr0n

    The Nook-e reader - or is it Nookie?

    Paris, well, because....

  2. Peter Bond
    Alert

    Twins?

    I thought those two devices looked bloody similar when I first saw pictures of them. Now I guess we know why.

  3. Mage Silver badge

    Dual Screen

    Assuming that it's possible to patent such a patently obvious thing as 1s update, zero power eInk for reader with video/interactive power hungry LCD for navigation.

    I can't see how this can be claimed to be patentable.

  4. Ken Hagan Gold badge
    WTF?

    Re: Twins?

    You're kidding, right? Other than being fairly rectangular and having a screen, they have almost nothing in common.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ Mage

    You forget it is the US of A where this is taking place.

  6. Torben Mogensen

    Dual screen

    I agree with Mage. Dual-screen handheld devices have been around since at least the Nintendo DS, which also has one of them being a touch screen. So using the same idea for an E-book reader seems pretty obvious.

    That won't prevent lawsuits, though. Even if the idea is not patentable, Spring Design may claim that B&N violated their NDA by making a similar design. But since the idea is so obvious, B&N can claim that whoever produces the Nook had the same idea independently. The ensuing fight will make some lawyers rich, but noone else.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    I hope B&N lose

    I loathe Barnes & Noble - I used to use the eReader.com site as a great source of reasonably priced volumes for my Palm PDA and iPod Touch. Then B&N took over and the prices went up (although that could have been down to the economic conditions); the range went up too, but most of the ones I was interested in came back as "US subscribers only" when I got the checkout - so I could't buy the books I wanted. The stupid retards then sent me an email recently wondering why I'd not bought anything from them in a long time.

    Oh and while I'm slagging them off, their ereader looks Sony-boring whereas the "Nook" looks kind of Palm-cool. :-p

  8. Jason D
    Headmaster

    @AC 10:16 GMT

    "Oh and while I'm slagging them off, their ereader looks Sony-boring whereas the "Nook" looks kind of Palm-cool. :-p"

    I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic or contrary, but the Nook is by Barnes and Noble, not vice-versa.

    At least, that's how your sentence reads.

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