A $391 million judgment against SAP stands after the U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to hear the software company's appeal in a patent infringement case. The judgment stands even though the patent involved has been invalidated. The judgment was obtained by Versata Software in case involving alleged patent-infringement of database management tools. According to published reports, SAP had argued an appeals court changed rules on determining patent infringement and the case should have been suspended while the patent's validity determined.
N.J. Governor Chris Christie's least favorite song right now? "Bridge Over Trouble Waters." ... Observers have pointed out that New Jerseyans will put up with about anything, except something that makes traffic worse. Speaking of which, with the SuperBowl being played at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands on February 2, traffic experts are expecting horrific delays, angry frustrated drivers and traffic in and out of New York City proceeding at a crawl. In other words, a normal week. ... Russell Johnson, who played "The Professor" in the loved TV show "Gilligan's Island', died this week.
Swiftpage, the Accel-KKR-backed company that purchased Act and Saleslogix, in 2013, has introduced Saleslogix 8.1. Enhancements to the CRM package include a social media suite, available as a free add-on for the new version at saleslogix.com/marketplace. The system includes the Saleslogix Social Timeline. That tool ensures that each time a customer posts or is tagged in a post on a social media site, the post appears as an icon on the Social Timeline using the respective site's logo.
Rich Walker is leaving Intuit after 15 years with the tax and accounting software company. Walker has been highly visible in the accounting community in his role in building programs for accountants and bookkeepers. His last day is January 31. Walker explained his decision in a prepared statement. "While I may take the occasional corporate consulting assignment, my aim is to find a global nonprofit organization where I can devote my time and energy toward a cause that helps change the world and inspires me personally," Walker wrote in an email message.