In a suit filed earlier this week, TomTom alleges that Microsoft infringes on four patents in Microsoft Streets and Trips. The product is mapping software that runs on computers and can be used with a small GPS receiver that connects to a laptop. TomTom is asking for triple damages for willful infringement, since it says it had notified Microsoft about its alleged infringement.
Microsoft said it was reviewing TomTom's filing and that it remains committed to a licensing solution and has been for more than a year.
Microsoft has claimed that Linux infringes on a number of its patents. So far all we have heard is rhethoric on both camps. Microsoft has not published the patent numbers that Linux infringes, and the open source community has been divided between those that refuse to license patents from Microsoft (Red Hat being the leader in the space) and those that have (Novell, and a handful of other smaller companies).
The goal of this blog is to shed light into which patents Linux infringes, which technologies to avoid and hopefully to help raise awareness of the patent problem and try to create a patent free Linux system.