Pick your battles...
That could be bad news for the thousands of IBM customers who depend on WebSphere and other IBM middleware to facilitate communication between key business applications.
And it would be horrible news for IBM itself if the court finds in favor of Amazon. In the third quarter, WebSphere and other middleware products generated $3.4 billion in revenue for IBM, accounting for 77% of its software sales for the period.
However, Amazon's lead attorney in the case says that the Web merchant is, for now at least, not likely interested in pursuing WebSphere users. "Amazon's goal is to be left alone to conduct its business and not be bothered by people like IBM," says Ruffin Cordell, an attorney at Washington, D.C.-based Fish & Richardson, which is handling the case for Amazon.