SAP contests alleged theft of Oracle code


Last week, a Californian court issued its final judgment on the alleged theft of Oracle code by SAP subsidiary, TomorrowNow. The final cost to SAP is the £806m ($1.3bn) fine with legal fees and interest of over £80m (nearly $135m) added on top.

SAP, however, is not happy. They plan to argue that the considerable fine is not reflective of the offence – they may even ask for the trial to run again.

“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,” SAP said in a statement.

The statement went on to say that SAP is allowed to file ‘post-trial motions’ to the trial judge – which the company plans to do shortly. SAP want the court to reduce the damages that the jury has awarded Oracle. Thinking beyond the reaction of the judge, SAP is already considering an appeal.

The trial has been far from friendly – Ellison is not shy with his thoughts about wanting Leo Apotheker (SAPs ex chief executive) to take the stand.

TomorrowNow was found guilty of copyright infringement and Ellison quoted losses of up to £2.47bn ($4bn) – SAP requested a limitation on the fine of up to £25m ($40m) and always claimed they were willing to fairly compensate Oracle. With the fight not over, the final payment cannot be set in stone.

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Chris Baker is the Global Sales and Marketing Director responsible for the expansion of Calsoft Enterprise Solutions internationally. Formerly co-owner of acquired business, Inatech, Chris has been responsible for developing and promoting the company’s position as a specialist in Oracle solutions within the global IT industry. Chris co-founded Inatech in November 2002 merging with Calsoft in 2008. In a career spanning 23 years, Chris has held influential positions at Accenture, Easams, and Marconi. He was a Member of the Oracle UK Consulting Board during his time at Oracle Corporation UK, where he spent 15 years. Chris has a Higher National Diploma in Computing Studies from Farnborough College with distinction.