Microsoft and TomTom have reached a settlement in patent infringement cases.
Both companies had sued the other in recent weeks, with both claiming that the other had breached patents. Microsoft claimed that TomTom had breached eight of its patents that related to innovations in car navigation technology and other computing functionality that Microsoft has licensed to other companies, such as rival Garmin.
Meanwhile TomTom countersued in the U.S. District Court for the eastern district of Virginia, claiming Microsoft violated a number of its patents.
Under the terms of a five-year agreement, Microsoft said TomTom will pay Microsoft for use of the eight car navigation and file management system patents in the case Microsoft brought against TomTom.;
Microsoft will be able to use the four patents included in the TomTom countersuit without any payment to the company.
TomTom confirmed there was a settlement but declined further comment and specific financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.