Salesforce CEO Hits Out at "Patent Troll" Microsoft

The chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, Marc Benioff, has called Microsoft a "patent troll" after his company was served with a patent infringement lawsuit by the software giant.

In a report by PC World, Benioff assured customers that the lawsuit would not affect the day-to-day workings of Salesforce.com.

Speaking at a company conference in Singapore, Benioff said: “Patent trolls are part of the industry today, that's just the way it is. We've dealt with them before and we'll deal with this situation in the same exact way.”

Calling Microsoft a 'former' industry leader, Benioff expressed his disappointment over the methods used by Microsoft to deal with competition.

Microsoft served the Software as a Service (SaaS) provider with the lawsuit last week, claiming it had infringed nine of the software giant's patents.

The patents include a method of showing embedded menu tabs on web pages, and the technology used to displays tool bars on a computer system.