"The amount ballooned into first $3 billion, and then $5
billion. But what's most interesting about this extraordinary
lawsuit is that it has flowered in all sorts of unexpected ways, to
the point of spawning nearly half a dozen lawsuits against
companies like Autozone, Daimler Chrysler, Novell and Red Hat (see
the wonderful graphic lovingly put together by Groklaw.)
"When Microsoft sued TomTom for allegedly infringing on some of
its patents, including three that involved Linux, it seemed like a
straightforward enough case, and one that could end quite quickly
if TomTom simply buckled under, as Microsoft doubtless hoped, and
coughed up for some licences."
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