Oracle Hit With Database Patent Suit

By Erin Coe (December 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Software manufacturer Oracle Corp. faces an infringement suit from a patent-holding firm over technology related to an encoding method for database compression.

San Diego-based Database Structures Inc. lodged a complaint Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California that accuses Oracle of violating a patent by making and selling computer software and other devices.

The patent, issued in August 1996 to Basil E. Potter and Associates Inc., describes an "encoding method for compressing a tabular database by selecting effective compression routines for each field and structure of partitions of equal-sized records."

Database Structures entered an agreement in...

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