I2 sues SAP over patent infringement

I2 claims SAP infringed seven patents related to supply chain management models and tools

I2 Technologies accused SAP of patent infringement in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

A maker of SCM (supply chain management) software, i2 claims that SAP has infringed seven patents granted between 1998 and 2006.

The alleged patent infringements, listed in the lawsuit that i2 filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, relate to SCM models and tools in areas such as managing factory planning systems, negotiating and tracking the sale of goods and allocating manufactured product to sellers.

"We are currently looking into this," said SAP spokesman Frank Hartmann. "That's all we can say at the moment."

In a statement, i2 said the lawsuit against SAP is "critical" for the Dallas CRM (customer relationship management) vendor to protect its patented innovations.