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Strike/Counterstrike: TomTom Sues Microsoft

Mar 20, 2009, 21:32 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"The question that many Linux supporters are now asking is this: is this good news for Linux, or bad? Here are my thoughts on that important question.

"As always, the following thoughts are mine alone, and not those of the Linux Foundation (disclosure: LF is a client of mine) or of any other client.

"First, why the angst over the question at all? Microsoft has repeatedly stated (including in a terse press release it released yesterday) that it wishes to settle with TomTom by entering into a license agreement. Yesterday's release included the following quote from Horatio Gutierrez, Microsoft's recently appointed corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing:

"We are reviewing TomTom's filing, which we have just received. As has been the case for more than a year, we remain committed to a licensing solution, although we will continue to press ahead with the complaints we initiated in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the International Trade Commission."

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