Oracle Asks For $1.3 Billion In Damages In Copyright Infringement Case Against SAP

Oracle Asks For $1.3 Billion In Damages In Copyright Infringement Case Against SAP(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments between Oracle and SAP in the 7 year copyright infringement case on Tuesday.

Oracle asked to have the court reinstate the $1.3 billion award from SAP that was overturned two years ago by a District Court judge that granted payment of $272 million instead, PC World reports.

The infringement case stems from TommorowNow, a software service firm SAP acquired in 2005, in which Oracle stated the software company has been stealing instruction manuals and information about copyrighted software from their computers.

Oracle filed the lawsuit in 2007, which was brought to a California judge in 2010 that awarded Oracle $1.3 billion in damages.

In 2011, a judge overruled the amount, stating the verdict amount was “grossly excessive” and reduced the amount by roughly $1 billion, reports ABC News.

On Tuesday, 9th Circuit Judge Susan Graber said the final verdict “seems low given the evidence,” though SAP lawyer Greg Lanier justified the award reduction by stating the jurors were “inflamed by a lot of evidence of theft.”

A final verdict from the appeals court is expected to be announced within the next few weeks.

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