Skip to main content
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select

Find a Lawyer

More Options

$1.3B Verdict Against SAP is Largest Copyright Award Ever

By Laura Strachan, Esq. on November 29, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

An Oakland, California jury has awarded the largest ever copyright award in a suit between Oracle and SAP. The $1.3 billion verdict against SAP was just shy of the $1.7 billion Oracle experts asked for. The sizeable sum also represents the 23rd largest jury verdict of all time.

For an intellectual property case, the issue was fairly straightforward: Oracle sued SAP claiming SAP's U.S.-based "Tomorrownow" unit was illegally downloading their software in order to avoid paying licensing fees and steal customers from Oracle. To arrive at the largest copyright award ever, the jury looked at the scope, timing and duration of the illegal downloading.

"For more than three years, SAP stole thousands of copies of Oracle software and then resold that software and related services to Oracle's own customers. Right before the trial began, SAP admitted its guilt and liability; then, the trial made it clear that SAP's most senior executives were aware of the illegal activity from the very beginning," Bloomberg quotes Oracle president Safra Catz.

Although the verdict may seem like the end, the likelihood of SAP cutting a $1.3 billion check to Oracle is pretty unlikely.

In addition to appealing the award, SAP does not have those type of funds sitting around, according to Bloomberg. SAP did not deny liability. Rather SAP argued that the damages should be based on lost profits to Oracle -- a figure in the range of $40 million.

Related Resources:

You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help

Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.

Or contact an attorney near you:
Copied to clipboard