Sunday, March 19, 2006

NH judge determines Oracle did not infringe MangoSoft patent

In an illustration of a bad result that can befall a patentee, a judge has ruled, on summary judgment, that Oracle does not infringe MangoSoft's patent, and the issues of patent invalidity and nonenforceability remain to be decided. Talk about bad strategy! Perhaps the Newark Star-Ledger can write about this case.

from ComputerWorld:

In a statement, Oracle said a U.S. District Court in New Hampshire ruled in its favor this week [Tuesday, March 14] on a motion for summary judgment affirming that it did not infringe on MangoSoft's patent. MangoSoft sued Oracle in 2002 and had sought to stop further sales of Oracle's Real Application Clusters database versions 9 and 10, as well as its Application Server software.

The ruling ends the proceedings against Oracle but allows the company to move forward on its claims that MangoSoft's patent is invalid and unenforceable.

from the Boston Globe:

In 2002, MangoSoft sued Oracle, alleging infringement on its patent on share memory technology. MangoSoft, based in Nashua, N.H., sought an injunction against Oracle and
more than $500 million in damages.

from InformationWeek:

MangoSoft had claimed patent infringement by Oracle in a case filed in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire in 2002. The small Westborough, Mass., company was seeking an injunction to halt further sales of Oracle clustering software and $500 million in damages. The company had 40 employees and a reported revenue of $517,000 in 2002, the most recent year for which it had filed reports with the SEC. It was the holder of 11 patents at the time of the filing.

An Oracle spokesman says the court's ruling ends the proceedings against Oracle. "This decision eliminates the threat to continued sales and revenues and demonstrates the company's resolve to vigorously defend against unfounded claims attacking its products," the company said in a statement announcing the judgment.

MangoSoft was founded in 1995 and produced Cachelink, a file-sharing product for PCs linked by a local area network, and Mangomind, a product for sharing files securely over the Internet.

MangoSoft issued frequent press releases on its business from May 1997 through May 2002, after which just one additional release was issued in September 2003 on a company partnership. The company filed SEC reports up through May 13, 2002. Its last report indicated that it had lost $3.8 million in 2001 and was losing $ 2.3 million by May of 2002.


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