Not that long ago, Microsoft sued Salesforce.com, alleging that the customer relationship management software-as-a-service company had infringed nine different Microsoft patents. Salesforce.com wouldn't comment on the case except to call Microsoft a patent troll.
Two months later, the companies announced they had reached a settlement. Salesforce.com paid for coverage under Microsoft's patents, and Microsoft paid for coverage under the Salesforce.com portfolio.
Now, Microsoft is suing its former general manager of worldwide government, Matt Miszewski, for breaching his non-compete and confidentiality agreements with the software giant when he accepted an executive position at Salesforce.com.
In fact, Computerworld reports the Washington State Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday that prevents Miszewski from "working for Salesforce.com, engaging in any competitive activities or providing services to any of his customers while at Microsoft," until the dispute is resolved.
Miszewski acknowledged he had left Microsoft early this year. Less than three weeks later, on Jan. 18, Salesforce.com announced he had been hired. According to Microsoft, Miszewski signed an agreement when he began working there that he would not accept employment with a competitor for one year following his departure.