Microsoft sues TomTom for patent infringement

Microsoft sues TomTom for patent infringement

According to Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president & deputy general counsel of IP & licensing, Microsoft has an established IP licensing program, and the patents involved in this case, which relate 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," said Gutierrez.

"Other companies that utilise Microsoft patents have licensed and we are asking TomTom to do the same."

He conceded thatTomTom is a highly respected and important company, and Microsoft remains open to quickly resolving this situation through an IP licensing agreement.

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