Informatica filed the suit against Business Objects in July 2002 asserting that the ActaWorks product (now sold by Business Objects as Data Integrator), infringes several Informatica patents including U.S. Patent Nos. 6,014,670 and 6,339,775, both titled "Apparatus and Method for Performing Data Transformations in Data Warehousing."
On March 28, 2007, as part of these proceedings, the judge determined that, as a matter of law, Business Objects and customers' use of the Data Integrator product infringes on Informatica's patents.
Today, a jury unanimously determined that the patents are valid and that Business Objects' infringement on Informatica's patents was done willfully. Therefore, the jury found a reasonable royalty for Business Objects' infringement to be $25 million. The jury's determination that Business Objects' infringement was willful permits the judge to increase this reasonable royalty damages award up to three times the amount agreed upon by the jury.
Informatica will ask for a permanent injunction preventing Business Objects from shipping the infringing technology now and in the future. Although an appeal by Business Objects is expected, Informatica will continue to vigorously defend its technology innovations and all intellectual property rights for the benefit of its customers and partners.