Oracle agrees to $306 mn settlement in SAP case

August 3, 2012
Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, California. US business software giant Oracle said Thursday it agreed to accept a $306 million settlement from German rival SAP to shortcut the appeals process in a suit over massive copyright infringement.

US business software giant Oracle said Thursday it agreed to accept a $306 million settlement from German rival SAP to shortcut the appeals process in a suit over massive copyright infringement.

The agreement is a stipulation between the two firms to end the case in the lower courts and allow an appeal to proceed.

Oracle was awarded $1.3 billion by a jury in November 2010 in the case in which SAP was accused of a massive scheme to download and copy software from the giant.

US Phyllis Hamilton slashed the amount in September of last year to $272 million, saying the amount was "grossly excessive." Oracle rejected that and a new trial had been set before the settlement was announced.

The case can now be immediately taken to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Oracle said that if the ruling stands, SAP must pay a minimum of $426 million, including attorneys' fees.

"The conduct that led to this lawsuit and jury award is truly unprecedented," said Oracle attorney Geoff Howard.

"SAP's web scraper alone resulted in more than 10 million copies of Oracle's downloaded software and support materials running on SAP's servers. SAP's executive management team, including former CEO and current executives, knew about this massive theft all along and SAP had to concede infringement."

Oracle filed suit against SAP in April 2007 and won the largest copyright in US history. SAP also paid Oracle $120 million in attorneys' fees. SAP also settled US criminal charges in the case.

SAP said in a separate statement that the new settlement was more than reasonable but that the case had dragged on long enough.

Explore further: Jury orders SAP to pay Oracle 1.3 billion dollars

Related Stories

SAP to pay $20M to settle criminal charges

September 15, 2011

(AP) -- Business software maker SAP AG on Wednesday said it agreed to pay $20 million to settle criminal charges from the U.S. Department of Justice against a now-defunct subsidiary, TomorrowNow.

Oracle rejects $272M SAP award, demands new trial

February 7, 2012

Business software maker Oracle Corp. has turned down $272 million in court-ordered damages from SAP AG in hopes of leaving a much bigger dent in its rival's pocketbook and reputation during a second trial over allegations ...

New trial set for June in Oracle, SAP case

February 29, 2012

A US judge on Tuesday set a June date for a new trial in a long-running copyright infringement case between US business software giant Oracle and its German rival SAP.

Recommended for you

Sydney makes its mark with electronic paper traffic signs

July 28, 2015

Visionect, which is in the business of helping companies build electronic paper display products, announced that Sydney has launched e-paper traffic signs. The traffic signage integrates displays from US manufacturer E Ink ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.