Techdirt: TomTom Realizes Microsoft's Pointy Patent Stick Is Too Sharp... Settles Patent Dispute
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 01 Apr 2009 12:38
Number of posts: 1
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What's still unclear, however, is how this settlement deals with the questions that were raised over GPL'd software used by TomTom. As we noted, the GPL license that covers components of TomTom's software forbid it from putting any restrictions on the distribution of the software. A deal with Microsoft could violate the GPL and cause trouble for TomTom down the road. Perhaps the company is betting that any legal battle on that front would be cheaper than fighting Microsoft's patent lawyers in court.
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