The Court overruled an objection to its mandatory jurisdiction in this case involving a software license agreement.  It held, in affirming Defendant’s Notice of Designation of the case as one involving "intellectual property law," that:

Software licensing has become an integral part of economic life. Decisions concerning software licensing can have an impact beyond the confines of a particular case and development of a body of case law in this area of law will be beneficial to the bar and business. See Smart Online, Inc. v. OpenSite Technologies, Inc. 2003 NCBC 5 (N.C. Super. Ct. June 17, 2003).  For the forgoing reasons, Plaintiff’s Objection to Designation is OVERRULED.

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