Business Objects-MicroStrategy suit dismissed

A Californian court has dismissed a lawsuit by Business Objects which alleged that MicroStrategy infringed its patent on a...

A Californian court has dismissed a lawsuit by Business Objects which alleged that MicroStrategy infringed its patent on a relational database access system.

The court issued a summary judgment in the case between the two business intelligence software suppliers, which concerned a US patent called "Relational Database Access System Using Semantically Dynamic Objects". Business Objects had sought more than $100m in the suit.

The court ruled that Business Objects' claims were legally and factually unsupported and that MicroStrategy did not infringe the patent.

Companies use business intelligence software to analyse data about customers, sales and products to improve their business.

Separately, MicroStrategy is suing Business Objects for patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets and tortious interference with contractual relations. That case is expected to go to trial late this year or early next year.

Business Objects said it disagreed with the finding and is considering an appeal.

Stephen Lawson writes for IDG News Service

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