Microsoft sues Salesforce.com for patent infringement

Microsoft has sued its CRM competitor for nine patent infringements.

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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