World Programming Limited v SAS Institute Inc.


Keystone Law have successfully advised World Programming on the third set of copyright infringement claims brought against it by one of the world’s largest privately owned software companies, SAS Institut.

World Programming is SAS Institute’s only direct competitor, fuelling this decade-long dispute.

A federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas dismissed, with prejudice, SAS Institute’s latest copyright infringement claims against World Programming. SAS Institute had previously confirmed to the Court that it had voluntarily withdrawn all other claims, alleging patent infringement, against World Programming.

The proceedings brought by SAS Institute in the Eastern District of Texas in 2018 alleged, for the third time, that World Programming’s software infringed SAS Institute’s copyright in its SAS System software. Judge Gilstrap, widely regarded as the leading judge in high-tech intellectual property cases in the US, dismissed SAS Institute’s copyright claims following a copyrightability hearing on the grounds that SAS Institute assertions failed to identify a single copyrightable element alleged to have been copied. Gilstrap’s decision is reminiscent of previous decisions by a court in North Carolina and the English courts that World Programming’s software is lawful and that SAS Institute has failed to identify any infringement of copyright in its software.

Keystone Law’s Intellectual Property partners Alexander Carter-Silk (Picture) and Claire Blewett have represented World Programming.

Involved fees earner: Claire Blewett – Keystone Law; Alexander Carter-Silk – Keystone Law;

Law Firms: Keystone Law;

Clients: World Programming ;

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