In an interesting turn of events, TomTom countersues Microsoft for patent infringement. TomTom is alleging in its suit, filed on March 16, that Microsoft infringes with its Streets and Trips program on four TomTom patents.
In an interesting turn of events, TomTom has countersued Microsoft for patent infringement.
Microsoft sued TomTom in February claiming the GPS device maker
infringed on Microsoft's patents. TomTom, obviously thinking that
turnabout is fair play, has in turned leveled its own lawsuit against
the software giant.
Indeed, TomTom is alleging in its suit, filed on March 16, that
Microsoft infringes with its Streets and Trips program on four TomTom
Mary Jo Foley, in the All About Microsoft blog
"Microsoft sued TomTom for allegedly infringing on eight of its
patents. Three of those patents centered around FAT, Microsoft's
patented file-allocation-table technology - and TomTom's implementation
in the Linux kernel involving FAT."
Meanwhile, according to Silicon Alley Insider
"An army of Linux crazies ranting endlessly about the 'evil' of
Microsoft is the last thing the company needs as it prepares a host of
new products for market like Windows 7, Kumo, and Azure. It's also
worth noting that Microsoft has the best lawyers money can buy, so if
TomTom really forces the dispute to trial, there's a good chance Linux
can lose, with tough precedents set for the entire open source
Open-source leaders weighed in on the original Microsoft lawsuit in a recent eWEEK article
on the legal battle.