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Informatica wins patent battle with Business Objects

Informatica has been awarded £13.1m in damages against Business Objects in a patent battle over data warehousing technology.

Informatica has been awarded £13.1m in damages against Business Objects in a patent battle over data warehousing technology.

The damages were awarded by a jury in a US federal court, after the court found that Business Objects had “wilfully” infringed two Informatica patents in selling its Data Integrator product.

Informatica filed the suit against Business Objects in July 2002, asserting that the ActaWorks product (now sold by Business Objects as Data Integrator), infringed several Informatica patents, including US Patent Numbers 6,014,670 and 6,339,775.

The two patents are both entitled “Apparatus and method for performing data transformations in data warehousing.”

The case was inherited by Business Objects when the company acquired Acta Technologies in July 2002.

The judge determined that Business Objects’ and customers’ use of the Data Integrator product infringed on Informatica's patents. As the patent infringements were deemed to be wilful, the judge has the option of increasing the royalty damages in a final judgement.

Informatica is asking for a permanent injunction preventing Business Objects from shipping the infringing technology now and in the future. It has not said it will go after Business Objects' customers for infringing the patents.

Business Objects said, “We are prepared to quickly replace the code in our shipping products and will continue to provide our customers with the quality solutions they have come to expect from Business Objects Enterprise Information Management products.” 

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