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Re: TomTom to contest Microsoft patent lawsuit ..


From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: TomTom to contest Microsoft patent lawsuit ..
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 08:58:00 -0500


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

In Microsoft's case against Tom-Tom, there are a bunch of patents that don't have anything to do with Linux involved as well as the FAT filename patents ..

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.

What third party software is at issue here?

I don't know that there is any.

Why isn't MS going after these third parties?

You need to be more explicit.

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.

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patent portfolio against Linux, please contact us so that we can aid you in your battle with these dark forces"

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Have they ever helped anyone in the past?


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