MicroStrategy wins patent lawsuit against Business Objects
MCLEAN, Va., July 28, 2005 -- MicroStrategy(R) Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence software, today announced that it has won summary judgment dismissing 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 memorandum opinion and order issued July 26, 2005, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California 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 court held as a matter of law that MicroStrategy's products do not infringe the '403 patent as a result of these "numerous," "important," and "substantial" differences. The court dismissed Business Objects' lawsuit, which sought injunctive relief and damages in excess of $100 million, with prejudice. A copy of the court's decision is available at http://www.microstrategy.com/download/files/IR/Summary_Judgement/Case_filed_07 2605.pdf.
"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 court'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.
MicroStrategy's separate, affirmative lawsuit against Business Objects for patent infringement is expected to proceed to trial in federal court in Delaware in May 2006.
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