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Date Filed: Oct 31, 2012
Court: U.S. District Court, Northern California
Type of Case: Patent
CaseNumber: cv-12-5601
Status: Active

Hagens Berman has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) alleging that the enterprise software company infringed on seven patents protecting middleware mapping software.

The lawsuit, filed on October 31, 2012, in the United States Court for the Northern District of California, was filed on behalf of Thought, Inc., a company that specializes in delivering object-oriented programming solutions to corporate clients.

According to the complaint, Thought, Inc. developed a solution software product called CoCoBase that utilized a middleware mapping layer for saving object and table information, greatly simplifying the task of persisting data. CoCoBase makes it possible to keep database information in a map and not as programming code in the Java object, meaning no extension generation or annotation is needed to persist the data of a Java object.

The lawsuit alleges that Oracle products that embody the company’s Java Persistence API, Java Persistence API 2.0, Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 and later standards, infringe the following patents registered to Thought Inc.: U.S. Patent No. 5,857,197; U.S. Patent No. 6,985,912; U.S. Patent No. 6,999,956; U.S. Patent No. 7,043,481; U.S. Patent No. 7,103,600; U.S. Patent No. 7,149,730; and U.S. Patent No. 7,176,862.

“Based on the documented correspondence we have seen, it is nearly impossible to believe Oracle was unaware that they were infringing Thought, Inc. software patents,” said Steve Berman, managing partner and co-founder of Hagens Berman. “We intend to prove Oracle willfully infringed and benefited financially as a result of that infringement.”

The lawsuit seeks a ruling from the court affirming that Oracle has infringed the patents, an injunction enjoining Oracle from continued infringement and an award of damages to compensate Thought, Inc.