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Microsoft sues Salesforce.com for patent infringement

Barney Beal

Microsoft has taken its competition with Salesforce.com to the U.S. District Court in Western Washington, alleging that the SaaS pioneer had violated a handful of Microsoft patents.

The suit, filed yesterday, claims Salesforce.com violated nine Microsoft patents, mainly for displaying data in Web pages, among the violations Microsoft cites patents entitled: “System and method for providing and displaying a web page having an embedded menu;” “Method and system for mapping between logical data and physical data;” "Method and system for stacking toolbars in a computer display;” “Automated web site creation using template driven generation of active server page applications;” “Aggregation of system settings into objects;” “Timing and velocity control for displaying graphical information;” “Method and system for identifying and obtaining computer software from a remote computer;” and “System and method for controlling access to data entities in a computer network.”

In the filing, Microsoft calls for a jury trial.

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