Microsoft files patent suit against TomTom for Linux-based systems
After claiming for years that Linux infringed on hundreds of its software patents, Microsoft has filed what may be the first suit over an alleged infringement. The company has filed a patent lawsuit against GPS maker TomTom for several of its devices including some that are Linux-based. Microsoft alleges that TomTom violates eight of its patents including three related to its implementation of the Linux kernel. Although many of the alleged infringements relate to in-car computing and navigation systems, there are also two patents that cover Microsoft’s FAT32 filesystem. Tod Bishop’s Microsoft blog has a good overview of the alleged infringements including links to the filing documents.