Microsoft Sues TomTom Over Copyright Infringement

February 26, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against TomTom, alleging that they have infringed on their software patents, and refused to cooperate in negotiations.

The lawsuits come after over a year of failed talks between Microsoft and Netherlands electronic company TomTom, which produces GPS units.

Microsoft claims that driving GPS units being sold by the company use a software developed by them for other firms, and have been illegally added to the devices, which are bringing in large profits for TomTom.

“In situations such as this, when a reasonable business agreement cannot be reached, we have no choice but to pursue legal action to protect our innovations and our partners who license them,” Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s head of property and licensing, explained.

The lawsuit has been filed in a US district court, and the ITC.


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