Microsoft And Salesforce Settle Patent Dispute

Microsoft has announced that it has reached a settlement with Salesforce.com after a three-month legal wrangle, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Although no financial detail of the agreement has been revealed, Salesforce is expected to provide coverage for Microsoft’s services and products in its patents related to operating systems, cloud services and customer relationship management software.

“We are pleased to reach this agreement with Salesforce.com to put an end to the litigation between our two companies," stated Horacio Gutierrez, deputy general counsel at Microsoft.

"Microsoft's patent portfolio is the strongest in the software industry and is the result of decades of software innovation. Today's agreement is an example of how companies can compete vigorously in the marketplace while respecting each other's intellectual property rights."

Salesforce’s chief legal officer David Schellhase has also stated that the company is happy to leave the lawsuit in the past.

The Redmond-based software giant had filed a lawsuit against Salesforce in May, alleging the infringement of over nine patent technologies held by Microsoft.

Salesforce, in response, accused Microsoft of using its cloud-based services for Windows Server AppFabric platform and SharePoint in June.