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Re: [News] Microsoft Sued.... by TomTom!

On 2009-03-21, amicus_curious <ACDC@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> "Gregory Shearman" <ZekeGregory@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
> news:slrngs9ktc.a5h.ZekeGregory@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> On 2009-03-21, Erik Funkenbusch <erik@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On 21 Mar 2009 04:49:59 GMT, Gregory Shearman wrote:
>>>> On 2009-03-21, Erik Funkenbusch <erik@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>> On Thu, 19 Mar 2009 22:16:58 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>>>> -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1
>>>>>> TomTom countersues Microsoft in patent dispute
>>>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>>>| TomTom has responded to Microsoft's patent suit by filing a patent
>>>>>>claim of | its own against the software maker.  | | The GPS device
>>>>>>maker, based in the Netherlands, filed the countersuit in the | U.S.
>>>>>>District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday.
>>>>> According to news reports, Tom Tom has been threatening to sue MS for
>>>>> over a year.  So it turns out that Microsoft did not initiate the suit
>>>>> against Tom Tom, and are merely defending themselves.  This was not,
>>>>> as the Linux community has so arrogantly assumed, an attack on Linux
>>>>> at all.
>>>> Let's translate "defending themselves" as:
>>>> Microsoft refuses to pay licence fees to TomTom for the use of their
>>>> patented technology.
>>> So let's translate yours.
>>> "Software patents are wonderful, as long as they are used against
>>> Microsoft.  When Microsoft is considered to be infringing anyones 
>>> patents,
>>> then they are lowlife scum, but when anyone else is found to be 
>>> infringing
>>> Microsoft's patents, then it's Microsoft targeting others".
>> So, it's OK for Microsoft to threaten others with software patents, but
>> when others ask for Microsoft to pay licence fees on patents then it is
>> not OK?
>> Have I got that right?
> Hardly, but that is not so important unless you are on the jury.  What do 
> you think of the wisdom of counter suing Microsoft and looking for a jury 
> trial in the USofA for TomTom, a foreign company?  Here we have, one one 
> hand, TomTom, refusing to pay their license fees for Microsoft patents and 

     I think you will have a hard time trying to exploit jingoism to
Microsoft's benefit in this case. Also, spinning it any other way 
besides the obvious (Microsoft wanting payment but not wanting to 
pay itself) will be similarly difficult.

     You will probably have a hard time convincing anyone except
shills and lemmings that Microsoft is some sort of innnocent victim.
These days, you will probably have difficulty getting sympathy for
any corporation regardless of their origin.


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