Salesforce.com inks license deal for access to nearly 40,000 patents

Salesforce.com inks license deal for access to nearly 40,000 patents

Summary: Intellectual Vendors, which invests in and works with investors and technology businesses to drive innovation and invention, owns the rights to a portfolio of nearly 40,000 patents.

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Salesforce.com now has access to a huge library of patents thanks to a new deal with Intellectual Ventures.

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Intellectual Ventures, which invests in and works with investors and technology businesses to drive innovation and invention, owns the rights to a portfolio of nearly 40,000 patents.

The most important points to know about these patents is that they cover products, solutions, and ideas from more than 50 technology verticals.

Beyond corporate partners, IV also works closely with government agencies, which are becoming highly sought-after customers as they finally start making the leap from legacy hardware infrastructures to integrating cloud platforms. Salesforce, along with the likes of IBM, Oracle and many more tech behemoths, have been busy pushing out new cloud schemes to attract government agencies.

IBM, for example, recently inked a 10-year agreement to elevate the infrastructure for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Under the deal with IV, Salesforce will have the option of accessing Intellectual Ventures intellectual property for Defense program. Thus, it is very possible we'll see more government-minded solutions rolled out by the CRM giant in the near future.

Topics: Legal, Cloud, Enterprise Software, Patents, Salesforce.com

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  • So much for security being important

    It is wasteful government spending to blindly let someone else lease the work, with as little responsibility as possible.

    But it's going to happen - have fun.
    HypnoToad72
  • Seems fairly obvious

    Seems fairly obvious from the first sentence of the article how someone could read it that way, given that it flat out says it. http://ww.ersintezcan.com
    Ersin Tezcan
  • What is important

    "The most important points to know..."
    is that IV is a troll, that buys up broad, vague patents, that would not be defensible in court, and then extorts money from various companies by threatening to sue, unless the company licenses their portfolio for just slightly less than the anticipated court costs. The classic mob "protection" money.
    smallbzznzz
  • Definitions.

    "works with investors and technology businesses to drive innovation and invention" is the cover description for patent Troll.
    alex_darkness
  • Rachel Has Been Assimilated By The Myhrvold Borg

    Mindlessly regurgitating IV's PR, I see? If you want to find out what their idea of "driving innovation and invention" is really about, start here:

    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/441/when-patents-attack
    ldo17
  • Between the lines?

    ... well not really, basically just IVs press release spiel, hook, lines and sinker...
    btone-c5d11