Its patent time again, and IMO if you want a good example of how Microsofts portfolio can be swung into action, look no further than this piece of breaking news. On 25/02/09 Horacio Gutierrez of Microsoft issued the following statement:

“Microsoft has filed an action today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and in the International Trade Commission (ITC), against TomTom NV and TomTom, Inc. for infringement of Microsoft patents. We have taken this action after attempting for more than a year to engage in licensing discussions with TomTom.

We have an established intellectual property licensing program, and the patents involved in this case, relating to innovations in car navigation technology and other computing functionality, have been licensed by many others. 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. Other companies that utilize Microsoft patents have licensed and we are asking TomTom to do the same.

TomTom is a highly respected and important company. We remain open to quickly resolving this situation with them through an IP licensing agreement.”

There will be more on this as it develops.

More on this at:,2817,2341748,00.asp

Goblin –