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Spring Design Sues Barnes & Noble Over Nook Design

alexreader.jpgSpring Design has sued Barnes & Noble over the design of their digital reader Nook, arguing that the bookseller broke non-disclosure agreements and “misappropriated trade secrets” about the two-screen design of Spring Design’s Alex Reader (pictured).

According to Spring Design Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Eric Kmiec, the company had shared the device with bookseller: “We showed the Alex e-book design to Barnes & Noble in good faith with the intention of working together to provide a superior dual screen e-book to the market.” Spring Design unveiled the reader on Oct. 19, 2009; a Google Android-based e-book device with wi-fi Internet browsing and a special dual screen allowing reading and browsing at the same time.

Here’s more from the company’s release: “Spring Design first developed and began filing patents on its Alex e-book, an innovative dual screen, Android-based e-book back in 2006. Since the beginning of 2009 Spring and Barnes & Noble worked within a non-disclosure agreement, including many meetings, emails and conference calls with executives ranging up to the president of Barnes and, discussing confidential information regarding the features, functionality and capabilities of Alex.”

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