May 26, 2007

Inxight — value in the patents?

In a comment posted to this Andy Hayler blog entry, a former Inxight board member mentions Inxight’s broad patent portfolio. I don’t know what defensible value is or isn’t there, but I do know that patent positions are important to Business Objects. Long ago, it got some nice cash out of Cognos. More important, right now it’s on the wrong end of an injunction vs. Informatica. If there’s any way that BOBJ’s Inxight acquisition can induce Informatica to cross-license, it could pay for itself right there.

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