OPERATIONS

Report: Barnes & Noble files suit to block Nook patent royalty claim

BY CSA STAFF

New York City — A report released Tuesday by Bloomberg said that Barnes & Noble has filed suit against LSI Corp. to prevent the chipmaker from demanding patent royalties on sales of the bookseller’s Nook digital reader.

According to the report, the suit is a preemptive strategy by Barnes & Noble, as LSI had previously notified the retailer of intentions “to pursue claims of infringement of the LSI patents,” according to the complaint filed Monday in federal court in San Francisco.

Barnes & Noble was named in 14 patent-infringement lawsuits last year, up from three in 2008, according to Bloomberg Law data. Including LSI, the company is involved in nine complaints so far this year.

In the LSI case, Barnes & Noble is seeking an order that it isn’t using technology covered by 10 LSI patents.

“Barnes & Noble does not infringe and has not infringed the LSI patents,” the company said in the filing. The patents cited in the lawsuit include technology for wireless local-area networks, ways to enhance communications, and a DVD audio decoder.

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Loehmann’s names CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Loehmann’s Holdings announced that Steven M. Newman has been appointed CEO.

Newman, who will also be a member of Loehmann’s board of directors, will join the company in the second week of June. He assumes the CEO role from interim CEO Joe Melvin who will remain as COO of the company.

Newman most recently served for four years as president of Ashley Stewart, a women’s specialty retailer. Prior to that, Mr. Newman was executive VP at New York & Co. for four years, responsible for merchandising, design and store presentation.

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Aeropostale selects NGC’s supply chain management system

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Miami — NGC said Tuesday that Aeropostale has selected its supply chain management software as the retailer’s international supply chain management system.

According to NGC, Aeropostale wanted to improve visibility, collaboration and communication between its vendors and international licensees.

NGC’s software provides Aeropostale with a complete system to manage all phases of its international supply chain management. The system enables the retailer to instantly deliver international purchase orders and revisions to its vendors around the world, with integrated Work-in-Process that allows users to track and update the production status of each order.

The system also manages logistics, including bar code labels, ASNs and shipping paperwork; the software includes integrated workflow calendars, with alerts, exception management and collaboration tools.

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