Salesforce.com Withdraws Applications to Trademark the Term "Social Enterprise"

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing company, announced today it plans to withdraw its applications to trademark the term "social enterprise." 

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For nearly two years, salesforce.com has evangelized the term "social enterprise" to describe how social and mobile cloud technologies empower companies to connect with customers, partners, and employees in entirely new ways. When salesforce.com applied to trademark the term in the IT sector earlier this year, members of the social sector expressed concern that it would cause confusion around the meaning of the term. The social sector, including both non-profits and for profits, define the term "social enterprise" as organizations that apply commercial strategies to improve human and environmental well-being such as reducing poverty or improving education.

Salesforce.com has engaged in a dialogue with a number of these concerned parties, listened to their feedback, and is now withdrawing its applications to trademark the term "social enterprise." In addition, salesforce.com will look to remove any references to "social enterprise" in its marketing materials in the future.

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"It was never our intention to create confusion in the social sector which we have supported since our founding," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. "As a result of the feedback we received, salesforce.com has decided to withdraw its efforts to trademark the term 'social enterprise' and plans to discontinue its use in our marketing."

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Founded in 1999, salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing leader. Using salesforce.com's social and mobile cloud technologies, companies can connect with customers, partners and employees in entirely new ways. Based on salesforce.com's real-time, multitenant architecture, the company's platform and apps give customers the tools to create a social front office and revolutionize the way they sell, service, market, collaborate, work, and innovate.

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Media Relations, Pamela Austin, salesforce.com, +1-415-371-7410, paustin@salesforce.com; Investor Relations, David Havlek, salesforce.com, +1-415-536-2171, dhavlek@salesforce.com