Oracle, IBM sued over database patents

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Redwood Shores (CA) - Giant computer corporations IBM and Oracle have been dragged into a Texas district court over an allegation that their database software breaches existing patents.

Vasudevan Software Inc (VSI) started the case against Oracle and IBM and is seeking a jury trial and damages over two patents.

The first, US patent 6,877,006 B1, describes an invention called “Multimedia Inspection Database System (MIDaS) for Dynamic Run Time Evaluation.” That patent was granted on the 5th of April 2005.

The other patent, US 7,167,864 B1 covers a similar invention.  VSI claims that IBM uses these patents in its Websphere Information Integrator and other products. Oracle is alleged to have infringed these patents in its Oracle Data Service Integrator and other products.