SAP forks over $292m to Oracle

By Joseph F. Kovar, on Aug 3, 2012 11:52 AM
Filed under Software

Lawsuit settled.

SAP has agreed to pay Oracle $US306 million ($A292m) in damages to settle the companies' long-running copyright infringement suit.

The $US306 million settlement is considerably less than the initial $US1.3 billion ruling against SAP, which the U.S. District Court handed down in late 2010. Oracle in February rejected a $US277 million settlement offer from SAP.

The case dates to 2005 when SAP acquired TomorrowNow, a provider of support services for Oracle applications. Oracle sued TomorrowNow for downloading copyrighted software and documents from Oracle support web sites. SAP admitted liability in the case, but argued that the billions in damages Oracle was seeking were excessive.

In addition to the $US306 million settlement, SAP will have to pay Oracle's legal costs in the lawsuit, according to the terms of the settlement.

“SAP, which admitted infringement before the 2010 trial and pled guilty to a number of criminal charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice after trial, must pay us a minimum of $US426 million, including attorneys’ fees,” said Oracle General Counsel Dorian Daley in a statement.

On Wednesday, Oracle lost a court ruling to HP in the two companies' legal dispute over Oracle's decision to stop developing software for HP's Itanium processor-based servers.

Rick Whiting contributed to this story.

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