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


From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: Microsoft's IP chief on TomTom, Linux and patents ..
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 08:52:29 -0500


"Doug Mentohl" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden
7 wrote:

This is the first shot in their patent war.

Not really, more like SCO 11 ...

"Assertions are year-long, or two years long. Maybe Microsoft wanted to buy TomTom, but they didn't want to sell. So they started asserting patents, hoping to encourage them to at least only license Microsoft operating systems. That didn't work, so they sued."

"It is not beneath a monopolist to put all these pieces together and look to take advantage of a situation."

http://linuxdevices.com/news/NS4186728102.html

Well that is a rather biased view of the matter, to be sure. If the Microsoft patents read on the Tom-Tom product, they have the right to demand a license. They have licensed Tom-Tom competitors, it seems, so the most likely story is that they just want their well-deserved income.


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