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Microsoft's IP chief on TomTom, Linux and patents ..

From: Doug Mentohl
Subject: Microsoft's IP chief on TomTom, Linux and patents ..
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2009 21:19:04 +0000
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Q: Is the technology being used by TomTom something it developed on its own, or is it outside or open-source technology that they're using?

Gutierrez: Well, it's hard for me to tell where the technology comes from .. the case involves infringement of Microsoft patents by TomTom devices that employ both proprietary and open-source software code ..

.. three of the eight patents in this dispute read on the Linux kernel as implemented by TomTom. The other five relate to car navigation proprietary software used by TomTom ..

What I mean is the patents cover the implementation of the Linux kernel done by TomTom in their products ..

Each case is different, and this one is specifically about the use of software by TomTom in its devices ...

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