SAP to pay $306M to Oracle after infringement fight

SAP will be paying Oracle a damage award of $306 million in the copyright infringement suit.

Oracle has won at least one legal battle this week. SAP is paying the hardware giant $306 million in damages resulting from a copyright infringement suit.

Unlike the fight against Google, it looks like victory over SAP really is a payday. SAP's bill to Oracle continues to get bigger as Oracle's general counsel Dorian Daley said in a statement that SAP will have to pay "a minimum of $426 million, including attorneys’ fees."

Oracle originally filed the lawsuit in 2007 against SAP, arguing that SAP downloaded and copied intellectual property. The case didn't go to trial until 2010.

In 2011, SAP pleaded guilty to criminal charges in federal court for its illegal activity and paid a fine to U.S. Department of Justice.

Thursday's ruling also means that Oracle's unanimous 2010 jury verdict awarding it $1.3 billion can now be immediately taken to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. SAP also paid Oracle $120 million in attorneys' fees shortly after the trial began.

This is good news for Oracle -- especially after the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based corporation lost in a legal war with Hewlett-Packard at the Superior Court of California in Santa Clara on Wednesday.

In that case, it was ruled that Oracle did have a responsibility to continue to offer its products on HP’s Itanium-based server platforms until HP discontinued sales of Itanium-based servers.

This story was first posted as "SAP paying $306M to Oracle after infringement battle" at ZDNet's Between the Lines.

 

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