SAP was unsuccessful in trying to obtain a gag order for Oracle's attorneys, and Oracle was turned down in its attempt to delay the start of the trial by three days.
Two of the world's largest enterprise application makers, Oracle and
SAP--embroiled in a software piracy lawsuit that begins Nov. 1--each
had court requests turned down by the presiding judge on Oct. 29.
SAP was unsuccessful in trying to obtain a gag order for Oracle's
attorneys, and Oracle was turned down in its attempt to delay the start
of the trial by three days.
SAP is trying to keep as low a profile as possible to avoid any more
publicity, and Oracle is trying to buy more time in order to get
SAP--and former SAP executives--to take the witness stand and admit
publicly that the company stole Oracle's IP.
Jury selection at Federal District court in Oakland, Calif., is set to begin Nov. 1 with Judge Phyllis Hamilton presiding.
The court case, originated by an Oracle lawsuit first brought in 2007,
will determine how much SAP will be fined for one of its wholly owned
affiliates illegally downloading a substantial amount of Oracle's
enterprise support software and then using it against Oracle for its
The stolen software was used by staff members of now-defunct SAP
affiliate TomorrowNow three to five years ago to provide low-cost
maintenance services on Oracle's software and to lure customers to SAP.
The amount of the fine could range from the tens of millions-which is
what SAP thinks is appropriate-to $2.15 billion, which is an amount of
damages Oracle says it suffered and SAP does not think appropriate.
Oracle based the $2.15 billion on its estimation of the value of the property SAP admitted stealing.
On Oct. 28, SAP admitted in a court brief
to Judge Hamilton that it won't contest Oracle's claim that it is
culpable for copyright infringement by TomorrowNow. Oracle contends that
SAP knew all along that the stealing was going on but did nothing to
prevent it for months after it found out.
SAP had contended that Texas-based TomorrowNow was acting on its own
volition and that the Germany-based corporation wasn't aware of the
transgressions until much later.