Judge's order narrows damages in Oracle-SAP suit

SAP applauds the judge's move, but a trial is still set for November

The scope of potential damages in Oracle's intellectual-property lawsuit against SAP has been lessened following a judge's order filed Tuesday.

The development follows SAP's Aug. 5 announcement that it would accept liability for some of Oracle's claims against its former subsidiary, TomorrowNow, in order to "focus" the sprawling case, which was first filed in 2007.

Oracle alleges that workers at TomorrowNow, which offered third-party support for Oracle applications, illegally downloaded software from Oracle's support systems.

SAP had said the employees were authorized to download the materials on behalf of TomorrowNow customers, but also acknowledged some "inappropriate downloads" had occurred. However, the information remained in TomorrowNow's systems and SAP had no access to it, according to SAP.

In an Aug. 5 joint pretrial statement, Oracle said it was entitled to billions of dollars in damages for copyright infringement, unjust enrichment and other alleged infractions. But SAP has said the true amount of damages is "tens of millions, at most."

The 25-page ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton "serves to narrow the scope of damages and help focus this case," SAP said in a statement Wednesday.

"SAP is committed to compensating Oracle for the harm the limited operations of TomorrowNow actually caused," SAP added. "That compensation must be reasonable and it must be tethered to reality and the law."

One Oracle claim had sought up to US$3.5 billion for product development costs that SAP "avoided and saved through its illegal business model, rather than competing fairly." The judge's order denied Oracle the ability to seek such damages, but ruled in favor of Oracle on a number of other counts, citing SAP's concessions.

The case is set to go to trial in November, but a settlement conference is scheduled for September.

An Oracle spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Tags business issuesservicesintellectual propertylegalCivil lawsuitsSAPsoftwareTomorrowNowOracle

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?