Microsoft and Salesforce settle patent dispute


Microsoft and Salesforce have settled a three-month long patent dispute, which saw both companies accusing the other of stealing their technology.

The clash began back in May when Microsoft accused Salesforce of infringing nine of its patents to use in its Software as a Service (SaaS) products.

However, Salesforce retaliated just a few weeks later, claiming the software giant had infringed several of its own patents for its delivery of cloud computing.

Now both companies have agreed to drop the suits in exchange for receiving coverage in each other's portfolios, helping spread the names and products of both companies.

"We are pleased to reach this agreement with to put an end to the litigation between our two companies," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of intellectual property and licensing at Microsoft.

"Today's agreement is an example of how companies can compete vigorously in the marketplace while respecting each other's intellectual property rights."

David Schellhase, chief legal officer at Salesforce, also told the Wall Street Journal he was "pleased to put this litigation behind us."

No further details of the agreement had been given out at the time of publication.

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