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Microsoft sues TomTom
Posted Feb 26, 2009 11:17 UTC (Thu) by ewan (subscriber, #5533)
Posted Feb 26, 2009 12:31 UTC (Thu) by lacostej (guest, #2760)
Posted Feb 26, 2009 13:14 UTC (Thu) by armijn (subscriber, #3653)
Posted Feb 26, 2009 22:41 UTC (Thu) by wookey (subscriber, #5501)
Having not been involved for the last 4 years I can't say anything about their current attitude/business practices, and the recent failure to supply corresponding code does suggest some backsliding, but in a fight between a purveyor of very fine navigation devices that despises software patents and has been using a linux base for a very long time, and an overbearing patent bully with some thoroughly crappy patents (read them!), I know who's side I'm on.
Of course sorting out their GPL compliance immideiately, if not sooner, would be a really good idea if they want us all to help fight their corner.
Tomtom do now have some patents of their own (28 in EPO, not all software, 269 worldwide, according to espacenet), but I think they can make good case for only doing this as a defensive measure. Their first EPO application was 2005-09.
Tomtom has already had a complicated fight with Garmin who have sued them over various patents on car navigation systems in feb 2006, followed by much countersuing. I guess they'll be thoroughly unimpressed with the swpat situation by now.
In a sensible world anyone would just be able to make satnavs and consumers could choose which ones they liked best. Trying to own the various ideas and techniques involved is just wrong.
Posted Mar 4, 2009 14:44 UTC (Wed) by fieroboom (guest, #56956)
I personally think MS is grabbing at thin air, and trying to kick TT while they're down, so to speak. MS has already been warned (a couple of times) about non compliance with anti trust sanctions (aka being too much of a monopoly). Do they really need more money? Yes, a patent is a patent, but man, some of those patents are analgous to one of us saying "Hey, you can't use that shovel... I've patented that method of digging".
I'm even further disgusted with MS, and even more hardened against them.
Sad thing is, my name is Paul Allen... Heh, no, not 'THE' Paul Allen... :o)
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