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Kindle blessed by Microsoft over Linux-related patents

Feb 25, 2010, 13:32 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"Over 600 firms served

"Since launching its IP licensing program in December 2003, Microsoft has signed more than 600 licensing agreements (up from "over 500" only last July), says Microsoft. Embedded Linux firms that have signed patent agreements with Microsoft include Melco Holdings, the parent company of Buffalo, which last July settled over Buffalo's Linux-based networked-attached storage (NAS) and router equipment. Before that, Redmond settled with companies including LG Electronics, Samsung, Fuji Xerox, Kyocera Mita, Brother International, and most notoriously, TomTom.

"In the latter case, the Dutch vendor of personal navigation device (PND) devices dared to resist Microsoft, resulting in a formal lawsuit against the company by Microsoft. This in turn revealed one of the key sources of the patent conflict: Microsoft's claims over the Linux implementation of the FAT file system, for which Redmond claims to own the patent. In the end, TomTom, too, was forced to settle."

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