How Dare SAP Create Computerized Catalogs Without Paying The Patent Troll

from the obviousness-test dept

SAP is the latest firm hit with a patent suit from EPlus, the company that went after Ariba earlier this year. The patents in question seem to be about as obvious as they come. It's a system for searching through some computerized catalogs, checking availability and presenting the results. It's hard to see how this isn't a natural progression of technology and quite obvious to... just about everyone. Does anyone really think that SAP needed to "steal" this idea? We keep being told this is innovation, but it certainly seems a lot like a few lawyers getting rich at the expense of real research and development.
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