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MS v Linux: Sparks of the Tom Tom Fire stubbornly refuse to die

Jun 03, 2009, 16:31 (5 Talkback[s])

"As per the claim advanced by the companies, the agreement includes patent coverage for Microsoft's three file management systems patents provided in a manner that is fully compliant with TomTom's obligations under the GPLv2. At the same time, TomTom will remove, within 2 years from its products, the functionality related to two file management system patents (the 'FAT LFN patents') that enables efficient naming, organizing, storing and accessing of file data. During the said period, the agreement provides for coverage directly to TomTom's end customers under the said patents. This may lead to TomTom technically using the Microsoft FAT LFN (File Allocation Table/Long File Name) patents for the next two years, but it won't be actually using the features of those patents, which may imply that TomTom will be replacing the long file name support provided by these patents with a different technology that does not belong to Microsoft."

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