Microsoft Files Lawsuit against Salesforce.com over Patent Breach

Microsoft is filing a suit against Salesforce. com, charging nine cases of copyrights breach.

Whilst Microsoft's public statements regard the suit as simply one of patent violation, analysts recommend that the organization's moves might be based on a requirement to monetize its copyright collection, or to demonstrate its eagerness to take legal action under certain conditions.

As Salesforce. com centers primarily on cloud-based applications, Microsoft's own recent steps towards the cloud, might place the two firms at tactical probabilities.

Microsoft sued an intellectual possessions case against Salesforce. com on May 18, claiming infringement on nine of its patents. Patent-infringement suits are a usual incidence in the tech companies, and bigger firms most often use this kind of suit as part of a wider strategy.

According to Microsoft, the case is clear-cut patent breach.

Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's Corporate Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing, said in a May 18 statement, "Microsoft has been a leader and innovator in the software industry for decades and continues to invest billions of dollars each year in bringing great software products and services to market".

He said that they have a duty towards their consumers, collaborators and shareholders to protect that investment, and hence, cannot stand indolently by when others violate their IP rights.