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AppDynamics Hit With Patent Lawsuit

CA Technologies filed a lawsuit against AppDynamics alleging the company's application performance management products infringe on three patents CA holds on APM technology. CA filed the lawsuit against San Francisco-based AppDynamics Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York. Islandia, N.Y.-based CA is seeking undisclosed damages "for lost profits and legal costs" and an injunction against AppDynamics "prohibiting the infringement of CA Technologies' APM patents," CA said in a statement. AppDynamics countered: "The reality is, we win against our competitors in nine out of 10 selling situations, which is due to the highly unique nature of our technology that has been embraced by thousands of organizations worldwide. We encourage our competitors to compete in the marketplace on the basis of their technology and not engage in frivolous lawsuits." CA said it acquired a number of APM patents, including the three cited in the lawsuit, when it bought Wily Technology in 2006 for $375 million. Jyoti Bansal, a former lead software architect at Wily and former CA employee, founded AppDynamics in 2008.


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