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NOOK design theft suit with Spring Design to continue

NOOK design theft suit with Spring Design to continue

Barnes & Noble's calls for the Spring Design lawsuit that claims the retailer stole design ideas to use in its original NOOK ereader have been denied, leaving the case - in which Spring Design claim misappropriated trade secrets, breach of contract and unfair competition - to continue. Spring Design allege that B&N stole ideas from their Alex ereader during a period of co-development in 2009, with a judge deciding there was "significant factual dispute" over whether the NOOK's design was influenced by ideas shared under NDA.

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B&N nook sales injuction denied but court recognizes “genuine dispute” over design theft

B&N nook sales injuction denied but court recognizes “genuine dispute” over design theft

Barnes and Noble don't seem to need any assistance from Spring Design in holding up their nook ebook reader from hitting the market, but the latter's hope for an official injunction while their allegations of "misappropriated trade secrets" are worked out through the courts has been denied.  While the court documents agree that there is a "genuine dispute" about whether B&N used Spring Design's ideas or came up with the nook themselves, they're not willing to stop the dual-display ebook reader from going on sale while they figure it out.

Spring Design reveal NDA details over B&N nook copy case

Spring Design reveal NDA details over B&N nook copy case

We're used to copyright and industrial espionage claims being more like cases of trademark squatting these days, so to find something ostensibly as straightforward as Barnes and Noble's alleged "copying" of Spring Design's Alex concept is almost refreshing.  The startup claims B&N led them to believe that they were interested in producing the Alex dual-display Android ebook reader, before breaking off contact and then, shortly after, announcing the nook.  Now Spring Design has shared their NDA agreements and details of the lawsuit with Engadget.

Barnes and Noble nook stole Spring Design secrets claims ebook lawsuit

Barnes and Noble nook stole Spring Design secrets claims ebook lawsuit

Back in the run-up to Barnes and Noble's launch of their nook ebook reader, hitherto-unheard of Spring Design grabbed some headlines with their Alex dual-display ebook design.  At the time there was some speculation that the two devices were one and the same, though that turned out not to be the case; according to Spring Design and a lawsuit against B&N, however, the two do in fact share some design DNA.  Spring Design allege that B&N knowingly "misappropriated trade secrets and violated the parties' non-disclosure agreement" in designing the nook.

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Kobo ereader hits Borders preorder for $150

Kobo ereader hits Borders preorder for $150

Kobo and Borders have announced that the Kobo ereader is now available for preorder, and will begin shipping from June 17th 2010.  Priced at $149.99, the Kobo lacks WiFi or 3G but does at least come with Bluetooth, for wireless transfers of ebooks from your computer to the device; those ebooks, Borders hope, come from their own selection of over 1m titles, though you can also load up any DRM-free ePub or PDF content.

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