Vasudevan Software, Inc. v. Tibco Software, Inc., No. 14-1096 (Fed. Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
VSi’s patents are directed to features of an online analytical processing (OLAP) cube capable of collecting and processing “live” data from multiple incompatible databases. According to the patents, before the invention, data from different databases had to be converted into a compatible format and stored in a data warehouse before it could be analyzed. Prior art systems were thus analyzing “stale” data. The inventions sought to overcome that problem by creating an OLAP cube capable of collecting and processing information from incompatible databases at run-time without going through an intermediate warehouse repository of “stale” data. VSi sued MicroStrategy and TIBCO in separate infringement suits. The district court did not consolidate the suits, but considered the claim construction issues relating to the expression “disparate databases.” The district court construed that term in favor of defendants, granted summary judgment that all claims asserted against MicroStrategy were invalid for lack of enablement, and granted summary judgment that all claims asserted against TIBCO were invalid for lack of enablement and written description. The Federal Circuit affirmed the claim construction, but remanded, finding that there are genuine issues of material fact regarding whether the asserted claims are enabled and have sufficient written description support.