Microsoft Faces Patent Lawsuit
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Thomas D. Peterson of Sonoma, Calif., filed the suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Oakland. He contends he was awarded a 1996 patent for computerized method he developed that finds "shortest elapsed time route information," enabling drivers to navigate through heavily-trafficked locations.
"Users (have) accessed the Internet site to obtain shortest elapsed time route information without obtaining permission," Peterson charged in the suit. He is seeking unspecified damages and is asking that Microsoft cease from using his invention.
CIVIX-DDI LLC is asking for unspecified damages.