Feeds

Microsoft's data crunching baby hit with lawsuit

Datallegro not so happy

The essential guide to IT transformation

Datallegro, a data warehouse maker in the midst of being acquired by Microsoft, has received a lawsuit, claiming that Datallegro's current CEO aided the company in infringing on a key patent.

Cary Jardin filed the lawsuit in a Southern California district court, alleging the abuse of a patent related to a "system and method for generating and processing results data in a distributed system." The US Patent Office issued the patent on Feb. 13, giving Jardin sole ownership over the technology, which covers the process of spreading large data tables across clusters of servers.

According to the lawsuit, Datallegro CEO Stuart Frost learned about this technology while serving as chief of XPrime - a company that Jardin says he owned.

"Shortly after leaving XPrime, defendant Frost attempted to convert Jardin's inventions to his own by filing with the USPTO patent applications in the distributed database architecture field . . . At Datallegro, defendant Frost used and incorporated Jardin's intellectual property into Datallegro's products," the lawsuit states.

"These actions were taken to benefit both defendant Frost and his newly-formed company, defendant Datallegro. Defendants' unauthorized use of Jardin's intellectual property continues to this day."

Datallegro declined to comment on the lawsuit at this time, saying it has just received the complaint. Microsoft was directing all inquiries into the matter to Datallegro. Its acquisition of Datallegro is expected to close within the next 30 days, according to a spokeswoman.

The lawsuit seeks the standard damages and injunctions against Datallegro.

Datallegro is one of many new entrants into the data warehouse game. The upstarts have been looking to challenge market leaders such as Teradata, Oracle and IBM by selling cheaper systems or by specializing in certain tasks. One of Datallegro's claims to fame is its ability to handle very large data sets.

The kind people at Findlaw have a copy of the lawsuit here in PDF. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?
Do Brits risk arrest for watching beheading video nasty? We asked the fuzz
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco
'Reset rating keeps secrets on one-dole-to-rule-them-all plan', say MPs
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
NBN Co claims 96 mbps download speeds for FTTN trial
Umina trial also delivers 30 mbps uploads, but exact rig used not revealed
True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS
YouGov poll reveals terrible truth about the enemy within
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours
US judge questions harsh sentence sought by prosecutors
This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives
Department of Transportation starts cogs turning for another wireless comms standard
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?