SAP Ordered to Pay Oracle $1.3 Billion

Oracle_Headquarters_Redwood_ShoresOracle is on the brink of clinching a big victory over bitter rival SAP AG of Germany after a jury awarded the American database software leader $1.3 billion in a landmark software piracy case involving the two computing giants.

The amount, handed down by an Oakland federal court jury on Tuesday, is one of the largest-ever awarded in a software piracy case, according to a report by the Associated Press. The case involves a SAP subsidiary, TomorrowNow, which was accused of stealing software and customer-support documents from secured Oracle sites. The trial lasted three weeks but the jury had an easy time deliberating the decision as SAP admitted its guilt and liability before the trial.
SAP, which bought TomorrowNow for $10 million in 2005, said it was willing to compensate Oracle for the damage caused by its subsidiary, but found its nemesis’ claim for damages too much. However, Oracle said during the trial that the losses it suffered due to the incident was worth billions, an argument that the jury found credible. SAP said it would “pursue all available options, including post-trial motions and appeal if necessary.”