November 27, 2009 - Accenture has filed suit against its competitor Guidewire Software, alleging that Guidewire's Insurance Suite and ClaimCenter software products infringe one of its patents.
Accenture claims that the Guidewire products have "no substantial non-infringing use," but at least one Guidewire executive said that the patent not only is not infringed by his company, but should have never been issued in the first place.
“Accenture is resorting to litigation to compete,” Brian Desmond, vice president of marketing for Guidewire, told Reuters. “They have been left behind by the marketplace.”
Guidewire has asked the Patent Office to "review the matter."