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Bentley Systems software infringement overview

Posted by Steve Vondran | Feb 01, 2024

Vondran Legal®: Software Infringement Defense: Bentley Systems, Inc..  Call us if your company has been sued or has received a legal demand letter.  Failing to respond can lead to COSTLY and PROTRACTED litigation in the public eye (federal court).  We can be reached at (877) 276-5084.

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In today's digital age, businesses rely heavily on various software programs to operate efficiently and effectively. Companies invest significant time and resources into implementing these programs, which are essential for daily operations. However, when a company is accused of using software without proper licensing or permission, it can be a cause for serious concern.  Bentley Systems, Inc. is a leading global provider of software solutions for infrastructure engineering and construction industries. Its software products are widely used by businesses in various sectors such as architecture, engineering, construction, and operations. While Bentley Systems offers flexible licensing options to accommodate the diverse needs of its users, there have been cases where companies have faced legal action for alleged infringement or violation of the terms of use.  This is where Vondran Legal® comes into the picture.  Vondran Legal® IP has handled nearly a 1,000 software infringement matters since our founding in 2004.

Who is Bentley Software?

According to their website

They sell software critical to a wide number of end-user product categories, including:

-Asset Performance

-Bridge Design

-Building Design

-CAD Modeling and Visualization

-Construction Management

-Digital Twins

-Geotechnical Engineering

-Hydraulics and Hydrology

-Mobility Simulation

-Offshore Structural Analysis

-Pipe Stress and Vessel Analysis

-Plant Design

-Project Delivery

-Rail Design

-Reality and Spatial Modeling

-Roads and Site Design

-Structural Analysis and Detailing

-Utility and Communication Networks

Some software products offered by Bentley Systems include:

1. Microstation: A comprehensive software used for modeling, drafting, and visualization in infrastructure projects.
2. OpenRoads: A complete modeling, design, and analysis application specifically designed for roads, terrains and highways.
3. OpenRail: A comprehensive software used for planning, designing, analyzing, and managing rail infrastructure.
4. AECOSim: A software application for multidisciplinary collaboration, analysis, and design of complex buildings and structures.
5. STAAD.Pro: A structural analysis and design software that supports various international design codes.
6. WaterGEMS: A water distribution modeling and analysis software for designing and managing water distribution networks.
7. SewerGEMS: A software for wastewater collection system modeling and analysis.
8. ContextCapture: A reality modeling software that allows users to create highly accurate 3D models from photographs and laser scans.
9. Bentley Raceway and Cable Management: A software for the design and documentation of electrical, network, and cable routing systems.
10. AssetWise: A comprehensive software platform for asset lifecycle information management and asset performance management.

These are just a few examples of the software products offered by Bentley Systems. They offer a wide range of products for various industries and applications in the infrastructure and construction sectors.

Does Bentley Software File Lawsuits?

I have reviewed the federal court docket.  It does not appear that they are heavily invested in going after corporate infringers for copyright infringement.  Yes, they have been involved in federal court IP litigation (copyright, trademarks and patents), but I have only located one case that appears to (POTENTIALLY) be a lawsuit by Bentley against a third party.  Here is the case I found, but was unable to retrieve a copy of the complaint.

bentley software copyright case


In another case:

bentley lawsuit for copyright


copyright registrations for Bentley software


federal court lawsuit for software

What to do if your company is being pursued for software piracy and license violations

If your company has received a notice indicating that you are being pursued for software piracy and license violations by Bentley Software, it is important to take immediate action to address the situation. Failure to do so could result in costly legal consequences for your business.

Firstly, it is important to understand the reasons behind the allegations made by Bentley Software. This may involve reviewing your license agreement with the company and ensuring that your usage of their software complies with all terms and conditions outlined in the agreement. If you are unsure about any aspect of your licensing agreement, it may be beneficial to seek legal counsel.

It is also important to gather evidence and documentation that supports your usage of Bentley Software's products. This can include purchase receipts, invoices, and any other evidence of EULA compliance.  Do not call them before speaking with an attorney.  This is where many businesses FAIL and cause themselves more legal problems believing that just "being nice" and "asking for forgiveness" or even agreeing to "buy a license" will win the day.  Many times this will not and all you will do is find yourself in a legal hole that you cannot easily extricate your company from.

Lawyer up, it is better to have legal counsel by your side, as you are very likely to be dealing with members or Bentley Software's legal team.  We offer low flat rate fees to settle sofware dispute pre-litigation.

Contact Vondran Legal IP Defense Law Firm to Protect Your Business

Since 2004, Vondran Legal® has been one of the leading firms in the United States handling hundreds, if not a thousand copyright software disputes. identified Vondran Legal® as the #1 copyright infringement defense law firm - in the United States - (in terms of cases handled) for the years 2020, and 2021.  We are waiting to hear on 2022 and 2023 but expect that we will repeat this tremendous success in the software infringement sector.

We have resolved cases with all kinds of software publishers and major vendors and their representatives such as:

Call us for more information at (877) 276-5084 or send us a message through our contact form.


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