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Re: TomTom to contest Microsoft patent lawsuit ..

From: Doug Mentohl
Subject: Re: TomTom to contest Microsoft patent lawsuit ..
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2009 17:26:07 +0000
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amicus_curious wrote:

What effect on the case would it be if Tom-Tom eliminated all proprietary 
software and used a purely GPL solution?

All of the previously shipped Tom-Tom units would have to be recalled or else 
Tom-Tom would have to pay for a license for them.

Wouldn't it be simpler for the endusers to go to the Update Site ..

What third party software is at issue here?

I don't know that there is any.

Microsoft's claim explicitly references proprietary software:

"This is an action for patent infringement arising under the patent laws of the United States", PDF #1


"On information and belief, certain portable navigation computing devices and associated computer software that infringe the Microsoft PAtents are manufactured for TomTom N.V. by third parties located in Asia. On information and belief, these infringing products are imported for sale (in various outlets and websites) in the United States by TomTom, Inc"

"Complainant may move to add one or more such producers or customers to this investigation should they, or the scope of their involvement with infringing activities, become identified later through discovery or otherwise", PDF #2

Why isn't MS going after these third parties?

You need to be more explicit.

MS claims certain proprietary software violates its patents, see above. You did read the complaint, didn't you fuddie?

What effect on MSs entire patent portfolio would it be if MS lost this case?

It could encourage other companies to dispute patents held by Microsoft, but 
that is always the case.

But what effect would it have on the monetary value of the MS patent portfolio.

Have they ever helped anyone in the past?

"Patents owned by Open Invention NetworkSM are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System"

"The Linux Foundation is working closely with our partner the Open Invention Network and our members, and is well prepared for any claims against Linux,"
tomtomComplaint.pdf, tomtomitc.pdf ...

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