Vertica Prevails in Sybase Patent Lawsuit

Sybase admits the company's innovative architecture is non-infringing

Jan 14, 2010, 16:29 ET from Vertica Systems

BILLERICA, Mass., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Vertica Systems announced today that in a January 4, 2010 stipulation filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sybase has admitted that under the claim construction order issued by the Court on November 9, 2009, "Vertica does not infringe Claims 1-15 of U.S. Patent No. 5,794,229." Sybase further acknowledged that because the Court ruled that all the remaining claims in the patent (claims 16-24) were invalid, "Sybase cannot prevail on those claims."

"We have stated from the start that this lawsuit was without merit and we prevailed," said Ralph Breslauer, CEO, Vertica Systems. "In our opinion this lawsuit was an unsuccessful attempt to distract the market from Vertica establishing itself as the new leader in columnar, MPP databases."

Vertica is represented by Fish & Richardson P.C. in this matter.

About Vertica

Vertica Systems is the market innovator for high-performance analytic database management systems that run on industry-standard hardware. Co-founded by database pioneer Dr. Michael Stonebraker, Vertica has developed column-oriented analytic database technology with an MPP architecture that lets companies of any size store and query very large databases orders of magnitude faster and more affordably than other solutions. The Vertica Analytic Database is available as software only, as a hardware based appliance, as a virtual appliance on VMware or online as a cloud computing solution. The technology's unmatched speed, scalability, flexibility and ease of use helps Vertica's 100+ customers including JP Morgan Chase, Verizon, Mozilla, Comcast, Level(3) Communications and Vonage capitalize on business opportunities in real time. Vertica is headquartered in Billerica, Mass. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

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