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TomTom & Microsoft Settle..."ensures TomTom's full compliance...under the GPLv2"

Mar 30, 2009, 23:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of intellectual property and licensing, said in a statement that he is pleased TomTom chose to resolve the matter out of court and that many companies already license the patents in question, including companies that create products containing both open-source and proprietary code.

"Blech. That's the pitch. But then Microsoft statements are always framed as "wins", so far as I've noticed.

"Ars Technica sees this difference between TomTom's and Novell's deals:

"TomTom will, however, remove the functionality that is covered under the FAT patents. This will guarantee that the code in TomTom's Linux kernel can continue to be broadly redistributed downstream under the GPL without patent encumbrances. This aspect of the agreement, along with specificity about which patents are infringed, are major factors that differentiate this agreement from Microsoft's controversial deal with Novell."

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