In theory, the worst of the Oracle-SAP intellectual property trial drama may be over.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Oracle rested its case without calling HP CEO Leo Apotheker to the stand. Nor did Oracle attorneys play a video of a deposition the former SAP executive gave.
The company's current co-CEO did testify, however. Bill McDermott apologized for the software theft carried out by TomorrowNow employees, but minimized the now-closed SAP subsidiary's significance.
According to the story, McDermott said:
TomorrowNow was not a big driver of software sales. It was not a very good business idea.
Since SAP has already accepted responsibility for the theft and Oracle has already agreed not to seek punitive damages in the case, compensatory damages are the only thing at issue in the trial. Oracle says it is entitled to $1.7 billion. SAP argues $40 million is more appropriate. SAP is expected to lay out its case in the next two weeks.