Commerce One

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Commerce One was a pioneering e-commerce company founded in 1994 as DistriVision in Walnut Creek, California.[1]

The company was renamed Commerce One in 1997, and went public in 1999.[1] The company tripled on opening day in July 1999.[1] They were one of the darlings in the hot B2B (business-to-business) sector, and saw their stock soar from 20 to over 600 in early 2000, before it collapsed in the dot-com crash. In 2001, the company acquired Veo Systems from Asim Abdullah for $300 million.

In October 2002, the company announced that it planned to lay off 400 employees, which was 36% of its staff.[2]

One of the company's technologies was SOX, an XML schema technology that influenced the development of the W3C's XML Schema language, and the Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB)

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 6 2004 [1]. In December 2004, a portion of its patent portfolio was sold by a bankruptcy court to JGR Acquisitions, a subsidiary of Novell, Inc., for $15.5 million.[2] The remaining business interests, including all remaining intellectual property rights to the software, together with a patent license from JGR, were sold to new investors that continued to operate the company as Commerce One.

Commerce One formally announced on February 7, 2006, that it had been acquired by Perfect Commerce [3] – a provider of On-Demand Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) Solutions and The Open Supplier Network. Commerce One, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Perfect Commerce, LLC, a Virginia Limited Liability Company headquartered in Newport News, VA[4] with an office in Paris, France.


  1. ^ a b c Melanie Austria Farmer, CNET News. "Commerce One soars after 3-for-1 split." December 27, 1999. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  2. ^ Alorie Gilbert, CNET. "Commerce One cuts deep." October 4, 2002. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Bloomberg BusinessWeek. "Commerce One Inc.." Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Bloomberg BusinessWeek. "Perfect Commerce, Inc.." Retrieved December 13, 2011.

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