Accenture Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Guidewire
Suit also charges misappropriation of trade secrets
NEW YORK; Dec. 18, 2007 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today filed a lawsuit against Guidewire Software, Inc. (Guidewire) claiming that Guidewire has infringed the U.S. patent protecting Accenture Claim Components Solution, an insurance claims management technology that Accenture developed and licenses to the insurance industry. The suit also alleges that Guidewire misappropriated Accenture trade secrets relating to the design, coding and implementation of the claims management technology Accenture developed and patented.
The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
Accenture’s claims management technology and consulting services enable insurance companies to optimize their handling of claims made under the insurers’ policies. This technology is the result of more than a decade of development and tens of millions of dollars of investment by Accenture, and is protected by the patent and copyright laws of the United States and other countries, as well as the trade secret laws of Delaware and other states and countries.
As detailed in the complaint, Accenture believes that Guidewire willfully and deliberately developed, manufactured, used and sold, or offered for sale, computer software and services used for insurance claims management that are covered by Accenture U.S. Patent 7,013,284 (the ‘284 patent). The suit also claims that Guidewire willfully and maliciously obtained and used or intends to use Accenture trade secrets without authorization in designing, developing, manufacturing and selling claims management software and services to assist it in its ongoing efforts to unfairly compete against Accenture in the claims management market.
Pierre Nanterme, Group Chief Executive – Financial Services, said, “Accenture has a long history of designing and developing innovative, technology-based solutions that help our clients transform their businesses and achieve high performance. As part of our ongoing efforts to defend vigorously our intellectual property rights around the world, we intend to take actions like this lawsuit to be sure that our intellectual property is not unfairly exploited.”
Accenture is seeking unspecified monetary damages and an injunction to stop Guidewire from engaging in acts of infringement or use of trade secrets associated with these products and services.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance. With approximately 170,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$19.70 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2007. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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