Microsoft and TomTom settle patent case out of court

Redmond (WA) – Microsoft announced today that the company has settled all patent infringement cases brought by Microsoft before the U.S. Distrouct Court for the Western District of Washington (state) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) and by TomTom in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Virginia.

Though the specific financial details were not disclosed, Microsoft will receive payment from TomTom on eight car navigation and file management system patents. In addition, Microsoft will receive coverage under four patents included in TomTom’s countersuit. The agreement has a five-year term and includes all time periods past and future.

From Microsoft’s press release:

“The agreement includes patent coverage for Microsoft’s three file management systems patents provided in a manner that is fully compliant with TomTom’s obligations under the General Public License Version 2 (GPLv2). TomTom will remove from its products the functionality related to two file management system patents (the “FAT LFN patents”), which enables efficient naming, organizing, storing and accessing of file data. TomTom will remove this functionality within two years, and the agreement provides for coverage directly to TomTom’s end customers under these patents during that time.”

See Microsoft’s press release.