Alternative Technology Solutions Inc. has issued a formal response regarding the copyright infringement lawsuit Epicor filed against Alternative last month as well as a counterclaim, both of which deny wrongdoing on the part of the firm.

Epicor Software Corp. on March 18, filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleging that Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Alternative by and through its executives and employees knowingly misappropriated and misused Epicor’s intellectual property and proprietary and confidential information.

The suit also alleges that Alternative Technology Solutions and a number of its key employees “systematically violated Epicor's intellectual property, trademarks and copyrights including improperly accessing, duplicating, using, distributing, and creating derivate works of Epicor's copyrighted software and other intellectual property in violation of numerous federal and state laws.”

Alternative now claims it was surprised and disappointed by Epicor’s suit and finds the allegations to be unwarranted. The firm also has affirmative defenses and counterclaims as a result of Epicor’s actions since they filed. In addition, Alternative has filed a motion to dismiss several of the allegations.

“We’ve spent the past several years building a business that is actually to the benefit of Epicor, Alternative and our joint customers. We’ve enabled them to gain greater value from their Epicor investment -- which means they remain on Epicor maintenance and remain an Epicor customer,” said Alternative president and chief executive Vivian Keena. “Our view has always been that we're an advocate for Epicor’s solutions and that we're a complement to their business, not a detriment. I'm grateful to all of our mutual customers that have contacted me directly to express their confusion as to Epicor’s motives and to express their support for Alternative and what we provide. I want to reassure them that we're doing all we can to resolve this situation.”


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