Oracle Wins $1.3 Billion in SAP Infringement Trial

Lora Bentley

In case you missed it, the jury in the Oracle-SAP intellectual property infringement trial returned its verdict this week. Even without testimony from HP CEO and former SAP exec Leo Apotheker, the jury awarded Oracle 1.3 billion in actual damages. Bloomberg reports the verdict is the largest ever in a copyright infringement case and the largest jury award in the U.S. for 2010.


The litigation began in 2007 and arises from an intellectual property dispute between Oracle and now-defunct SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow, which provided support and updates for certain Oracle products. In August, SAP accepted responsibility for the infringement, but the parties' disputed the amount of damages to which Oracle was entitled. Oracle wanted more than $1 billion, but SAP, obviously, was arguing for much less.


SAP spokesperson Bill Wohl told Bloomberg the company will pursue post-trial motions as well as an appeal, if necessary. Commerzbank analyst Thomas Becker called the verdict "a toxic Christmas present."


Though the award is reportedly almost equal to SAP's projected fourth quarter net income, Wohl says it will not interrupt the company's daily operations.

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