Business Objects has filed a patent action against Brio in California but has received a rebuff from its competitor.
Chris Grejtak, executive vice president of marketing at Brio US, said: "They filed an action on several patents granted to BO in late 1996."
He said the case was filed 10 days ago and Brio will vigorously defend the case.
"They're going after patents that other vendors have," said Grejtak. "We don't have a semantic layer in our software and we believe this action is totally without merit."
That was echoed by John Morley, MD of Brio UK. He said: "The patent infringement they've filed would apply to IBM, Oracle or even Microsoft. Not only has it no merit, our technology pre-dates theirs by some years."
Morley claimed that Brio was a direct competitor to BO and that it had taken the action for that reason. "This isn't the first time BO has done this," he claimed. "They filed against Cognos 18 months ago." He said that action had fizzled out.
Dave Kellogg, VP of marketing worldwide at Business Objects US, said: "We're sueing Brio for patent infringement. The patent is on the query technique, the semantic layer and semantically dynamic objects. We invented this technology and were granted a patent."
He said BO had no reason to fear Brio as a competitor. "We are six times larger than they are," he said.
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