CyberTech Rambler

March 20, 2009

Sabre-rattling … or trying to extract a a better deal

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 2:19 pm

TomTom apparently fire back at Microsoft with a patent suit of its own. I am glad that Groklaw decided to cover it.

Is it really sabre-rattling, or is it TomTom buying ammunition to extract a better deal with Microsoft? I do not know.

One thing we know for sure: Microsoft normally does not back down when someone files a patent suit against them. It cannot afford to. It is one of the most sued companies and in the long run, it makes business sense to fight every suit, just to deter fivilous one. If Microsoft thinks that on principle, they have to fight every patent suit to the bitter end then I agree with it.

Knowing that Microsoft does not back down, this make any settlement interesting. Interesting because the settlement terms will be scrutinnized by the internet grapevine.

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