Microsoft files rare patent lawsuit against

19 05 2010

On Tuesday, Microsoft filed a federal lawsuit against software-as-a-service company, claiming that the online CRM software company infringes on nine Microsoft patents.

Redmond claims that it first notified of its infringement more than a year ago, and’s January SEC filing warned that the company had been approached by a “large technology company” with allegations that it was infringing on patents.

The nine patents were awarded to Microsoft between 1997 and 2007, and span a range of technology, from “method and system for stacking toolbars in a computer display” to “system and method for controlling access to data entities in a computer network.”

The complaint seeks temporary and permanent injunctions, and monetary damages. It also asserts that the infringement is willful, a claim that would entitle the company to triple damages.


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