Garmin's Products Get To Stay On The Shelves In Europe
from the competition-is-good dept
A few weeks ago we noted how silly the fight between Garmin and TomTom had become over the navigation device market. After each side had filed a few different patent infringement suits against each other, TomTom filed suit in Europe trying to get an injunction to get Garmin’s products off the shelves, claiming that Garmin’s device copied TomTom’s design. Of course, the timing was important, since the goal was to get them off the shelves just as everyone began their holiday shopping. Luckily, the court recognized how ridiculous this was and has tossed out the request for an injunction, while also ordering TomTom to pay the court costs. The court noted that despite TomTom’s claims that Garmin had copied its design, the devices were easy to distinguish. There are still the other patent lawsuits pending, but why can’t the two companies just compete directly in the market, rather than wasting all this time and money fighting each other in court?