In a suit filed Wed., July 27, 2011 in the U.S. District Court in Allentown, Agere Systems and LSI Corp. are claiming that Barnes & Noble's Nook eReaders are making use of patented technology to connect to 3G and WiFi data networks and to process electronic music files.
The suit alleges that Nook infringes on 11 patents issued to Agere, LSI and Agere's precursor, Lucent Technologies. LSI Corp bought Agere in 2007 and operates some of its facilities in Allentown and Hanover Township. Both LSI Corp and Agere Systems are named as plaintiffs in the suit.
LSI Corp and Agere Systems aren't the only companies who have a problem with Barnes & Noble over the Nook. In March, Microsoft Corp. sued Barnes & Noble alleging that the Nook's Android operating system violates several of the software giant's patents.