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Microsoft, Salesforce.com settle over patent dispute

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Aug 2010 20:54

Microsoft, Salesforce.com settle over patent dispute In early May, Microsoft sued Salesforce.com, claiming the company had been actively infringing on nine of the software giant's patents.
The complaint was significant as it targeted patents relating to customer-relationship management (CRM), which is the bread and butter of SalesForce's business.

Microsoft was seeking for an injunction on the features used in SF's software that infringes on the their patents.

Today, the companies have settled the suit, although details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Salesforce says with the agreement both companies will be covered by each other's patents.

Adds Microsoft: "We are pleased to reach this agreement with Salesforce.com to put an end to the litigation between our two companies. Today's agreement is an example of how companies can compete vigorously in the marketplace while respecting each other's intellectual property rights."

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