WILMINGTON, DEL. (CN) – JP Morgan Chase claims Affiliated Computer Services is trying to lock up the lucrative market for outsourced services to state governments processing child-support payments. Chase claims ACS, which claims to control half of the $20 billion annual market, is trying to block an emerging competitor, and says the three patents ACS claims are invalid, as ACS failed to disclose material prior art on its applications.
Chase says ACS threatened to sue it just after Chase obtained a contract from the State of Kansas. It claims ACS drove other competitors out of the market in this way, in 2002 and 2004.