Court Affirms Ruling that MicroStrategy’s ‘Much More Sophisticated’
Products Do Not Infringe Business Objects’ ‘Semantic Layer’ Patent
MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 14 LAWFUEL – Law & Legal Jobs Network — MicroStrategy(R)
Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business
intelligence software, today announced that it has won an appellate court
decision affirming the dismissal of the sole remaining claim in a lawsuit
brought by Business Objects, S.A. (Nasdaq: BOBJ) in October 2001 alleging
that MicroStrategy infringed United States Patent No. 5,555,403, entitled
“Relational Database Access System Using Semantically Dynamic Objects”
(“the ‘403 patent”) owned by Business Objects.
In a unanimous opinion issued September 13, 2006, the United States
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a 2005 summary judgment
ruling of a federal district court in San Francisco that found that
MicroStrategy’s products use a “much more sophisticated approach to
generating queries” than the invention claimed by Business Objects, and
that the consequence of this greater sophistication is that MicroStrategy’s
products have “greater and improved functionality” and generate “faster and
more efficient queries” than Business Objects’ system.
The Federal Circuit
affirmed the district court’s holding that MicroStrategy’s products do not infringe the ‘403 patent as a result of these “numerous,” “important,” and “substantial” differences, and affirmed the district court’s dismissal of
Business Objects’ lawsuit, which sought injunctive relief and damages in
excess of $100 million, with prejudice. The Federal Circuit is located in
Washington, D.C., and is the appellate court that hears all patent cases in
the United States.
“This is a great victory for MicroStrategy and its customers,
employees, and shareholders,” said Jonathan F. Klein, MicroStrategy’s Vice
President, Law & General Counsel. “We have invested many millions of
dollars to develop and deliver the industry’s most advanced and scalable
business intelligence solutions.
The Federal Circuit’s ruling confirms the
substantial differences between MicroStrategy’s enterprise-class technology
and the basic ideas embodied in Business Objects’ products and ‘403 patent
filed more than a decade ago,” continued Klein.
About MicroStrategy Incorporated
Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a global leader in business
intelligence (BI) technology. MicroStrategy provides integrated reporting,
analysis, and monitoring software that helps leading organizations
worldwide make better business decisions every day. Companies choose
MicroStrategy for its advanced technical capabilities, sophisticated
analytics, and superior data and user scalability.
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