Microsoft and TomTom have settled their patent dispute
as reported by eWeek. TomTom will pay Microsoft an undisclosed amount of money to license the patents, while removing code covered by the FAT patents over the next two years. "According to Microsoft, the agreement includes patent coverage for Microsoft's three file management systems patents provided in a manner that is fully compliant with TomTom's obligations under the General Public License Version 2 (GPLv2). TomTom will remove from its products the functionality related to two file management system patents (the "FAT LFN patents"), which enables efficient naming, organizing, storing and accessing of file data, Microsoft said. TomTom will remove this functionality within two years, and the agreement provides for coverage directly to TomTom's end customers under these patents during that time.
" While Microsoft and TomTom say this is all GPLv2 compatible, there may be others who disagree.
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