Microsoft Sues Salesforce.com

Redmond, WA-based Microsoft has filed a federal lawsuit against its rival Salesforce.com, claiming the online customer relationship management (CRM) company infringes on nine of its patents. Microsoft is seeking a jury trial, damages, and injunctions. The news was reported earlier by CNET and other media outlets. The patents cover technologies such as display and user-interface features. The move is significant in part because it is reportedly only the fourth time that Microsoft has initiated a patent suit against a competitor.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and Editor of Xconomy Boston. E-mail him at gthuang [at] xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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