Licensing disputes between companies are more common these days, especially with the proliferation of technology and increased computer software usage. Progressive Casualty Insurance Company (Progressive), a well-known provider of auto insurance, recently sued Pitney Bowes (Pitney), which had acquired a company that previously signed a site license agreement with Progressive. California businesses that are embroiled in licensing disputes of their own may find this case interesting. The claim was filed in a U.S. District Court in the Midwest.
The software license in dispute was reportedly first reached in 1991, back before use of the Internet became widespread. The license covered applications then sold by LPC (the company Pitney later acquired); applications which were used to assist in functions associated with finalizing mailing addresses for current and potential customers, along with other tasks.