Latest in Fat

Image credit:

Microsoft and TomTom settle Linux patent suit, Linux not necessarily in the clear

Nilay Patel
03.30.09
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Well, that was fast -- just a month after Microsoft set the open-source world on fire by claiming that TomTom's use of Linux violated its FAT filesystem patents, the two companies have settled, with TomTom paying the always-popular "undisclosed amount" and letting MS license four of its navigation patents for free. What's more, TomTom has also agreed to remove certain functionality from its PNDs within two years. That's huge -- not only did TomTom's attorneys calculate that the total cost of this settlement was less than the cost of a trial and a potential loss, the overwhelmingly one-way nature of the deal implies they felt they were holding a bad position. Since we don't know if that was more to do with the navigation patents or the FAT patents, we can't really say what's going to happen next, but Microsoft's made no bones about the fact that it thinks Linux violates all sorts of its IP, and cruising to an easy settlement in a month like this just might encourage its legal department to go digging for gold in troubled economic times. We'll see.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Master & Dynamic's MW07 Plus are much-improved true wireless earbuds

Master & Dynamic's MW07 Plus are much-improved true wireless earbuds

View
Master & Dynamic's MW07 Go is a $199 AirPod alternative

Master & Dynamic's MW07 Go is a $199 AirPod alternative

View
California's statewide earthquake alert system launches Thursday

California's statewide earthquake alert system launches Thursday

View
Skydio's station lets self-flying drones work around the clock

Skydio's station lets self-flying drones work around the clock

View
‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ gathered location data while users slept

‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ gathered location data while users slept

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr