Microsoft a 'Patent Troll,' Says Salesforce CEO

Kara Reeder

Salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff isn't commenting on the patent lawsuit brought against his company by Microsoft, but that didn't stop him from referring to Microsoft as a patent troll. Computerworld quotes Benioff as saying:

 

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. We will resolve it in the way that we have resolved these matters in the past.

 

Microsoft is accusing Salesforce of infringing on nine of its patents. The company is seeking permanent injunctions and unspecified damages.



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