As if HP's new CEO Leo Apotheker doesn't have enough on his plate, he will soon take the witness stand in Oracle's intellectual property-infringement lawsuit against SAP. The Wall Street Journal reports Apotheker's name appeared on a witness list exchanged by the parties last week.
The litigation, which began in 2007, arises from an intellectual property dispute between Oracle and now-defunct SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow, which provided support and updates for certain Oracle products until 2008. In August, SAP accepted responsibility for the infringement and agreed to pay restitution, but a dispute remains as to how much damage Oracle actually sustained as a result of that infringement. The company claims it is entitled to more than $1 billion.
Trial on that issue will begin Nov. 1.
The fact that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison recently gaveformer HP exec Mark Hurda job with an "exorbitant pay package" and then publicly criticized HP's board for hiring Apotheker adds an interesting twist to the entire dynamic between the parties.