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Re: Microsoft and TomTom settle


From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: Microsoft and TomTom settle
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 12:34:29 -0400


"Thufir Hawat" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden
On Wed, 01 Apr 2009 08:55:28 -0400, amicus_curious wrote:


Whatever they paid, they also agreed to change their GPL code to not
infringe on the FAT patents.  That is an acknowledgement that they
consider the patents valid.


All it really indicates is that is was likely a term or result of the
settlement.  The underlying reason for the settlement can only be
speculated.

YOU can say that, but what would a jury say? There are a bunch of companies licensing the FAT system already and here is a company who wanted to fight originally who surrendered quickly. And you want to bank on the infinitessimal probability that it was all a mistake?


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