Menu
Microsoft, SAP sued by inventor over coding method

Microsoft, SAP sued by inventor over coding method

Certain Microsoft and SAP software, including NetWeaver, violates a patent, according to the suit

Microsoft, SAP and Bamboo Solutions are being sued by a Virginia company that claims some of the companies' software products infringe on its patented, "novel technique for associating the modules of a multi-module computer program."

SAP's NetWeaver middleware stack, various Microsoft products and a Microsoft SharePoint project management tool sold by Bamboo Solutions use the method, according to the complaint filed Oct. 25 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia by REC Software USA. REC president Stephen Pickett received a patent for the method in 1998.

Other Microsoft products also infringe on the patent, including Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows XP, according to the complaint.

The defendants have "knowingly or with reckless disregard willfully infringed" on Pickett's patent.

REC's complaint does not specify when or how it detected the alleged infringement. It is asking for a judgment barring the defendants from infringing on the patent as well as monetary damages.

SAP and Microsoft are working together on Duet and Duet Enterprise, software that provides interoperability between SAP applications and Microsoft's SharePoint and Office software. It was not known Monday whether REC's allegations are tied to Duet.

It was also not clear whether REC is currently developing or selling software or services. A website for the Arlington, Virginia, company could not immediately be located. It was incorporated in July, according to a search of the corporation database on the state of Virginia's website.

An attorney for REC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft said the company had no comment at this time.

SAP is aware of the suit and is now under evaluation by its attorney, according to spokesman Andy Kendzie. Bamboo Solutions did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags application developmentapplicationsMicrosoftintellectual propertySAPCivil lawsuitslegalpatentsoftwarecollaboration

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Leading figures within the technology industry across New Zealand came together to celebrate 30 years of success for Lexel Systems, at a milestone birthday occasion at St Matthews in the City.​

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30
HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP New Zealand held an inaugural Evolve Education event at Aotea Centre in Auckland, welcoming over 70 principals, teachers and education experts to explore ways of shaping and enhancing learning using technology.

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch
Show Comments