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SAP Plans to Fight $1.3 Billion Judgment in Oracle Case

A federal judge in Oakland, Calif., reaffirmed what a jury had already decided–that the German software company SAP owes Oracle $1.3 billion for the theft of Oracle’s intellectual property by SAP’s now defunct TomorrowNow unit. The order came down from Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton today.

SAP apparently has other plans. Having won in December a small victory over the amount of interest it will have to pay, today SAP said it plans to argue that it shouldn’t have to pay quite as much to Oracle.

In a statement, it called the judge’s order a “procedural matter,” and said it plans to make post-trial motions challenging the amount the jury awarded. If not successful, it may appeal, the company said. Its full statement is below.

“Today the Court entered judgment in the Oracle v. SAP/TomorrowNow litigation, which is a procedural matter that occurs after a jury verdict. As stated before, we have accepted liability for the actions of TomorrowNow and have been willing to fairly compensate Oracle, but we believe that the amount awarded by the jury is disproportionate and wrong. Once the judgment is entered, SAP is permitted to challenge the jury’s award by way of “post-trial motions,” which are made to the trial judge. SAP will file these motions in the coming weeks asking the Court to reduce the amount of damages awarded or to order a new trial. We look forward to the Court’s resolution of the issues we will raise in our post-trial motions. Depending on the outcome of the post-trial motion process, SAP may also consider an appeal.”

Oracle, on the other hand, was happy to take another victory lap. “We are very pleased that the court’s final judgment for $1.3 billion, plus the court-awarded interest and the $120 million SAP paid during trial to settle additional charges, confirms the jury’s verdict against SAP for its massive intentional copyright infringement,” Oracle said in an emailed statement.

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