TomTom Successfully Defends Garmin Lawsuit
TomTom announced today that they had successfully defended a lawsuit brought forward by Garmin. Garmin asserted that TomTom had infringed upon five patents owned by Garmin. However United States District Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin disagreed and granted a summary judgment ending this part of the feud.
“We are pleased with the recognition of the Wisconsin court that this was not a valid case. We did not start this fight and tried to convince Garmin that the case did not have merit. Garmin has spent considerable amounts of money and manpower to try and stop TomTom making inroads into the US market. The net result is that many of their claims were invalidated. We are hopeful that Garmin will return to competing in the marketplace instead of wasting resources on litigation.” – Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom
However this isn’t quite the end of the story. There is still another patent infringement case Garmin has brought against TomTom that is still pending in Texas.