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Microsoft, TomTom settle patent dispute

USA: Microsoft and TomTom announced that they have settled a patent infringement case brought by Microsoft against the GPS maker. Under the five-year deal, TomTom will pay Microsoft for the use of eight Microsoft patents relating to car navigation and file management systems, as well as the four patents included in the TomTom countersuit.

Last month, Microsoft sued TomTom for patent infringement relating to innovations in car navigation technology and other computing functionality. TomTom filed a countersuit earlier this month, accusing Microsoft of infringing on its patents with its Streets and Trips programme. In the next two years, TomTom must also remove from its products functionality related to efficient naming, organising, storing, and accessing of file data.

The arrangement covers past and future U.S. sales of relevant products, according to Microsoft. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.