Business Objects prevails against MicroStrategy in appeal of patent infringement and business tort case
SAN JOSE, Calif. & PARIS, France --Nov. 22, 2005--Business Objects, the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that on November 17, 2005, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the victory Business Objects previously obtained in a patent infringement and business tort case initiated by MicroStrategy.
Among other findings, the Court of Appeals agreed with a June 2004 summary judgment decision by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that Business Objects' Broadcast Agent Publisher does not infringe on MicroStrategy's U.S. Patent # 6,260,050, and affirmed the dismissal of those patent infringement claims. In addition, the Court of Appeals confirmed the lower court decision rejecting virtually every one of the MicroStrategy business tort claims. The Court of Appeals confirmed that MicroStrategy will not receive any damages as a result of its dismissed patent infringement and business tort claims. While the Court of Appeals did remand for further proceedings a claim alleging interference with a non-solicitation clause in MicroStrategy's employment agreement, it explicitly noted that "MicroStrategy will have difficulty in showing any damages associated with this claim."
The Court's opinion is available at http://fedcir.gov/opinions/04-1572.pdf. Susan Wolfe, senior vice president and chief counsel at Business Objects, said "It is disappointing that Microstrategy's press release on November 17 continues in its strategy of releasing misleading and disingenuous comments about the case."
At trial in October 2003, MicroStrategy had claimed the misappropriation of hundreds of documents, and had requested considerable damages and a broad injunction. The District Court rejected all but two of MicroStrategy's misappropriation claims (both related to documents of questionable value created in 2001); refused to award MicroStrategy any damages; and issued a very narrow injunction ordering Business Objects not to "possess, use, or disclose" the two documents the court held were trade secrets.
About Business Objects
Business Objects is the world's leading business intelligence (BI) software company. With more than 30,000 customers worldwide, including over 80 percent of the Fortune 500, Business Objects helps organizations gain better insight into their business, improve decision making, and optimize enterprise performance. The company's business intelligence platform, BusinessObjects(TM) XI, offers the BI industry's most complete and trusted platform for performance management, planning, reporting, query and analysis, and data integration. BusinessObjects XI includes Crystal Reports(R), the industry standard for enterprise reporting. Business Objects has built the industry's strongest and most diverse partner community, and also offers consulting and education services to help customers effectively deploy their business intelligence projects.
Business Objects has dual headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and Paris, France. The company's stock is traded on both the Nasdaq (BOBJ) and Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0004026250 - BOB) stock exchanges. More information about Business Objects can be found at www.businessobjects.com.
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