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Microsoft files patent suit against TomTom for Linux-based systems

By   |  February 26, 2009

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.

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3 Responses to “Microsoft files patent suit against TomTom for Linux-based systems”

  1. Dwayne Bailey
    February 26th, 2009 @ 9:29 am

    Might this awaken groklaw from her slumber?

  2. Alastair Otter
    February 27th, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    @Dwayne Bailey

    You might enjoy this. Pamela Jones writes:

    “And to all those who insist that Microsoft has improved, and they should be treated just like anybody else, and included in Linux conferences and all that blah blah blah, would you please take a long walk on a beach or under a starry sky or something and after a little soul-searching, ask yourself: Have I lost my cotton-pickin’ mind?”

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