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Microsoft Sues TomTom

Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft said yesterday it is suing TomTom for patent infringement in relation to car navigation and other “computing functionality.”

The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and in the International Trade Commission (ITC) after a year of attempting to engage TomTom in licensing discussions, said Microsoft yesterday.

Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft VP and deputy general counsel of intellectual property and licensing, said, “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.”

Microsoft said it hopes to quickly resolve the matter through a licensing agreement with TomTom.

TomTom said it does not comment on legal matters.