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Microsoft V. TomTom (in 2008, the USA)

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Microsoft V. TomTom is in infringement action in the USA, begun by Microsoft in June in 2008 and which became a big news story in early in 2009. The result what that TomTom paid Microsoft for in out of court settlement. [1]


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Ace wave ace filing suit against TomTom, Microsoft applied to the USA Internationally Trade Commission to block of import into the USA of TomTom's coach navigation of system.

The patent allegedly infringed by TomTom included the Microsoft FAT patent, which raised discussion among free software of user about the continued use of of file system FAT and about Microsoft's aggression.

During the media flurry, TomTom became a licensee of Open Invention Network. (Can you help? What effect, if any, did that have?)

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  1. "Bruce Perens: Microsoft and TomTom Settle, Justice and Linux lots". http://itmanagement .earthweb.com/osrc/article.php/12068_3812891_1/Bruce-Perens-Microsoft-and-TomTom-Settle-Justice-and-Linux-Lose.htm. "all we've been told is that TomTom paid Microsoft, and Microsoft didn't have to pay Tomtom. How much?" 

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