[Ip-health] Wall Street Journal: Jury Rules SAP Owes Oracle $1.3 Billion

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Wed Nov 24 02:55:15 PST 2010


	• NOVEMBER 23, 2010
Jury Rules SAP Owes Oracle $1.3 Billion
SAP AG must pay $1.3 billion to rival Oracle Corp. for copyright  
infringement, a federal jury ruled Tuesday, following a high-profile  
court battle between the business-software makers.


If upheld, the verdict would stand among the largest awards for a case  
involving intellectual property. The largest to date was a $1.67  
billion judgment in a 2009 patent case against Abbott Laboratories,  
according to Lex Machina Inc., a company that operates a database of  
cases. Abbott has appealed the verdict and a decision is pending.

One attorney specializing in intellectual-property law said the size  
of the jury award was surprising. "To my recollection that's the  
largest copyright verdict ever," said Colby Springer, a partner at  
Carr & Ferrell, adding that damages in patent cases tend to be higher  
than in copyright cases. "The number is just astronomical…They'll  
clearly contest that the wrong model was used."


Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
thiru at keionline.org

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