TomTom turnaround

Rather than bowing down before the financial might of Microsoft, TomTom is fighting back with a counter-suit. According to Microsoft, the Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation company is taking exception to elements of its Streets & Trips application which links into satellite systems using a USB GPS device.

TomTom is claiming that M$ wilfully infringed four of its patents even though TomTom had notified M$ that this was the case. As yet, M$ is still planning to let the courts decide rather than meeting TomTom in a back alley to slug out their differences.

Whether this is brinksmanship on the part of M$ is disputable. If the conspiracy theorists have it right, the company may be testing the strength of its position before taking aim at other Linux companies that it feels are infringing other M$ patents.