Just a few days after Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff proclaimed that you know you’ve arrived when Microsoft sues you, he decided turnabout is fair play. Salesforce responded to Microsoft’s patent infringement suit with one of its own. So what is Salesforce, a much younger and newer company than Microsoft, claiming? eCRM Guide takes a look.
It seems a bit like Mad magazine’s Spy vs. Spy with each trying to cleverly sabotage the other, only it’s cloud versus cloud in the latest legal tangle between Salesforce and Microsoft.
Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) sued Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) for patent infringement on Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, claiming that Microsoft is infringing five Salesforce patents that were granted between 2004 and 2007.