Hewlett-Packard has suffered a setback in its patent infringement lawsuit against help-desk competitor ServiceNow.
Four of the eight technology patents HP had asserted ServiceNow had trampled over have been thrown out of court by the US judge hearing the case.
US District Judge Beth Labson Freeman, sitting in California, had granted ServiceNow a motion for a summary judgment for half of the patents in question.
HP brought the action against ServiceNow in February 2014, alleging the firm had infringed upon eight of its patents relating to automation of IT services and risk management of systems.
HP was seeking royalties and unspecified damage plus the standard court order to stop ServiceNow infringing its patents again.
ServiceNow is a platform-as-a-service support provider for systems and IT.
Veteran systems management company BMC in September last year also took ServiceNow to court, only in the litigant-friendly US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. BMC has also claimed ServiceNow had infringed on its patents – seven, to be precise. ®