Accenture issued a statement this morning claiming that Celent Senior Analyst Donald Light’s comments to INN regarding Accenture’s suit against Guidewire for patent infringement were inaccurate.

Light called the action “round two of the claims patent war,” adding that, “in a sense, a second version of Accenture’s 2007 suit which made broadly similar allegations. That 2007 suit and Guidewire's countersuit were both dismissed in 2008.”

According to Accenture, the patent-claim elements of Accenture’s 2007 lawsuit were never dismissed. Guidewire moved to dismiss the trade-secret allegation, and a judge granted dismissal with “leave to amend.” But, when Accenture amended and restated the trade-secret allegation, Guidewire did not move to dismiss. Therefore, the 2007 suit—both patent and trade-secret infringement allegations—is still pending and set for trial.

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