Epicor Software Corp. has filed a copyright and intellectual property infringement lawsuit against technology consultant Alternative Technology Solutions, which claims to represent the vendor and its products.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleges 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.”

In addition, Epicor is claiming Alternative has through its actions “misrepresented itself in the marketplace as an authorized Epicor partner when in fact, Alternative has never been an Epicor partner.”

Neither party has yet to comment on the allegations in the suit, which sites that Epicor is seeking the return of all of its proprietary materials and intellectual property and to permanently enjoin Alternative's unauthorized and illegal activities and prevent future violations. The company is also looking to recover both actual and punitive damages from Alternative resulting from the violations and infringement.

At press time Alternative Technology Solutions’ website had the firm representing Epicor and Salesforce.com products, as well as other related consulting and implementation services.

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