Microsoft sues Tomtom because of patent infringement
It seems like the next patent related clash is coming up: Microsoft filed an action against Tomtom the Dutch producer of navigation systems.
Hardly a single week goes by without one IT company suing another for patent infringements. Now Microsoft is going against Tomtom. Among other things the argument is about the FAT file system and the Linux Kernel. The following patents are affected:
- 6,175,789 (Vehicle computer system with open platform architecture)
- 7,054,745 (Method and system for generating driving directions)
- 6,704,032 (Methods and arrangements for interacting with controllable objects within a graphical user interface environment using various input mechanisms)
- 7,117,286 (Portable computing device-integrated appliance)
- 6,202,008 (Vehicle computer system with wireless internet connectivity)
- 5,579,517 (Common name space for long and short filenames)
- 5,758,352 (Common name space for long and short filenames)
- 6,256,642 (Method and system for file system management using a flash-erasable, programmable, read-only memory)
Microsoft filed actions at the US Court in Seattle and the United States International Trade Commission.
Microsoft also mentions that negotiations with Tomtom that have been going on for more than a year did not resulted in a sufficient agreement. See the Microsoft statement for further information.