BSF Represents salesforce in Multidistrict Patent Litigation
Firm Newsletter Spring 2011
In May 2010, salesforce.com, the leader in enterprise cloud computing, was sued in the Eastern District of Washington by Microsoft for allegedly infringing nine patents. BSF associate Josh Schiller was asked by salesforce.com to organize a defense team for the company, which offers Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software that helps companies track, manage, analyze, and share information regarding sales, customer service and support, and marketing operations.
One month later, BSF filed, on behalf of salesforce.com, a patent infringement suit against Microsoft in the District of Delaware for infringing four of the company’s patents. This led to a successful settlement in which both salesforce.com and Microsoft received a license to certain of the other’s patents.
In coverage of the joint settlement by The Wall Street Journal, David Schellhase, salesforce.com chief legal officer, said the company is “pleased to put this litigation behind us.” Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel noted, “Today’s agreement is an example of how companies can compete vigorously in the marketplace while respecting each other’s intellectual property rights.”
The defense team was headed by Firm Chairman David Boies and managing partner Jonathan Schiller, and included partners Eric Maurer, Fred Norton, and Michael Underhill, with, in addition to Josh Schiller, associates John Brosky, Neal Hannan, and Mike Huang.
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Related Practice: Intellectual Property