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


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Subject: Re: Microsoft's IP chief on TomTom, Linux and patents ..
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2009 22:22:06 GMT
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amicus_curious wrote:

> 
> "Doug Mentohl" <address@hidden> wrote in message
> news:address@hidden
>> 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 ...
>>
>> http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/40354407.html
> 
> Q: Is this the first in a series of steps that Microsoft plans to take to
> start filing suit over those more than 200 alleged patent violations?
> 
> Gutierrez: No. I should say, Microsoft respects and appreciates the
> important role that open-source software plays in our industry, and we
> respect and appreciate the passion and the great contribution that
> open-source developers make in our industry. That appreciation and respect
> is not inconsistent with our respect for intellectual-property rights.
> Partnership with all technology companies, including those that adopt a
> mixed-source model, must be built on mutual respect for IP rights --
> rights that we all rely on for driving innovation and opportunity.
> 
> Now, this case is against TomTom, and it involves infringement of
> Microsoft patents by TomTom devices. Each case is different, and this one
> is specifically about the use of software by TomTom in its devices.


Micoshaft is full of propellor heads that lie lie and lie again
to milk money from its customers.

This is the first shot in their patent war.

The quicker micoshfat is put out of its misery, the quicker
the world can move on.

Micoshaft has turned to attacking its customers and supporters.
It won't stop here.
Now that google has risen to 75% value of Micoshaft Corporation,
and Micoshaft is sinking FAST, Micoshaft is under real threat of destruction
at the hands of competitors. So it lashes out at its customers
and supporters. Just drop support for micoshaft products from all your
range and start switching to Linux.

The stock market is asking Micoshaft to cut its workforce from 90,000
to 50,000 - meaning it should ditch its OS side of the business
and let it go open source.

There is no way to spin it out - because the OS division doesn't
generate enough money to feed all the developers in the crowded
OS market dominated Linux which has the majority share of server markets
and embedded markets.

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