Microsoft Settles Patent Dispute with Salesforce.com

Lora Bentley
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In May, Microsoft rocked the tech world with news that it was suing Salesforce.com for patent infringement. Microsoft alleged that Salesforce.com violated nine of its patents, covering technology related to "stacking toolbars on a computer display" and "controlling access to data entities," among other things.

 

At the time, the leading provider of CRM in the cloud didn't have much to say about the suit, save a comment from CEO Marc Benioff that Microsoft was a patent troll.

 

The companies announced Wednesday they have settled their disputes. Though specifics of the settlement weren't disclosed, InformationWeek reports Salesforce.com has agreed to pay Microsoft for coverage under the latter's patent portfolio, and Microsoft will also receive coverage under Salesforce.com's patent portfolio.

 


Still tight-lipped about the entire case, Salesforce.com representatives would only say they were glad to put the matter behind them.

 

This may have been the most newsworthy patent dispute in the cloud space to date, but I don't think it will be the last.



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