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Salesforce Files Suit Against Microsoft

June 26, 2010

Microsoft Corp is being sued by software maker Salesforce.com for alleged patent violations, which comes a month after Salesforce was accused by Microsoft for stealing its intellectual property.

Salesforce.com, the world’s largest maker of Web-based software accused Microsoft of infringing on five Salesforce program patents, including at least one in the Windows Server operating system and on in the .Net platform.

The complaint argued that “Microsoft’s continuing acts of infringement have caused and are causing irreparable harm to Salesforce.com.”

Charges were filed in US District Court for the District of Delaware on Thursday. Salesforce is seeking undisclosed damages in the suit.

Microsoft sued Salesforce in federal court in Seattle on May 18, alleging the company used Microsoft technologies in software menus, toolbars and graphical interface features.

Microsoft Deputy Chief Counsel Horacio Gutierrez said in a statement that his company is now reviewing the lawsuit. He said Microsoft remains confident in their position and “will continue to press ahead with the complaint we initiated in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.”

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