News Analysis: Microsoft goes after TomTom -- and Linux
Feb 27, 2009, 22:04 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's corporate vice
president and deputy general counsel of intellectual property and
licensing, said that while "three of the infringed patents
implicate open-source code ... open-source software is not the
focal point of this action."
"Nonetheless, Andrew Updegrove, a partner at Boston law firm
Gesmer Updegrove LLP is concerned that Microsoft has been getting
more aggressive about approaching companies and their use of Linux.
"I've received e-mail in the past from people that Microsoft has
approached, alleging Linux infringement and saying 'You better get
a license from us, or else,'" Updegrove said."