Salesforce CEO Won't Comment on Lawsuit, Calls Microsoft 'Patent Troll'

Lora Bentley

When news broke last week that Microsoft had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against, I tried like every other journalist to find a statement or some sort of reaction from Salesforce. Like every other journalist, I'm sure, all I got was a "no comment" from the company's public relations director, Gordon Evans.


This week, Marc Benioff, president and CEO of the customer relationship management solution provider, toed the company line and refused to comment on the lawsuit in particular. But as Computerworld's Sumner Lemon noted, Benioff didn't hesitate to insinuate that Microsoft is a patent troll.


Lemon writes:

Benioff...reiterated his description of Microsoft as a patent troll. "Patent trolls are part of the industry today, that's just the way it is. We've dealt with them before and we'll deal with this situation in the same exact way....I'm just very disappointed in this, from a former leader of our industry, that they would do this," he said.


The suit is a rare one for Microsoft. The software behemoth usually settles disputes such as this one with a licensing agreement of some kind rather than resort to the court system.

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May 26, 2010 8:19 AM Ronald J Riley Ronald J Riley  says:

There most certainly is no shortage of uninventive  companies calling those who either invent or who invest in those who invent a patent troll.  In most cases those using the troll slur have been caught with their sticky fingers in an inventors patent cookie jar.

Most certainly Microsoft has a long history of misappropriating others inventions and having inventors slam the jar lid on their sticky fingers.

Poetic justice in this case  would be if all of Microsoft's smear campaign of inventors were to come back and bite them in the form of their patents being invalidated.

Microsoft is part of an industry association of serial infringers of others patent property rights known as the Coalition for Patent Piracy & Fairness.

The Obama Administration likes to talk about competitiveness and fostering innovation but it is all talk because in fact they are really cozy with Piracy Coalition members and push their Patent Deform agenda at every opportunity.  They are killing new tech companies in their infancy and job creation on a massive scale all to cover the tracks of transnational patent pirating companies who are committing larceny on the grandest of scales.

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