Cognos will defend lawsuit ‘with vigor’

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Business Objects has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Cognos, the world’s largest business intelligence company. The company alleges that Cognos infringed its United States patent entitled ‘Relational Database Access System Using Semantically Dynamic Objects’.

Ron Zambonini, chief executive officer of Cognos, said: “We firmly believe that the Business Objects patent is invalid and unenforceable against Cognos and we are confident that the courts will agree with us.”

“Unfortunately, some technology companies use litigation in an attempt to achieve in the courtroom what they may find difficult in the marketplace,” said Zambonini. “We developed and commercially released the technology in question prior to the filing of the Business Objects patent. We welcome the opportunity to defend our technology and will do so with vigor.”

Cognos’ litigation counsel recently represented Amazon.com in its victory on its ‘one-click’ patent. 
Founded in 1969, Cognos does business with 14,000 customers in more than 60 countries around the world. Its business intelligence solutions and services are available from more than 2,700 worldwide partners and resellers. 

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