SAP Told To Fork Over ~$139m in Patent Case
At least Versata, a subsidiary of Trilogy Inc, is a Texas company and didn't go venue shopping
By: Maureen O'Gara
Aug. 27, 2009 11:00 AM
The fabled Eastern District Court down in Texas has struck again.
After nailing Microsoft for $290 million and counting on a patent rap and enjoining Word a couple of weeks ago, it's now found SAP guilty of patent infringement and told it to pay Versata Software $138.6 million, which is more than the $100 million Versata asked for.
At least Versata, a subsidiary of Trilogy Inc, is a Texas company and didn't go venue shopping.
The argument is over five Versata patents on a mechanism for configuring and pricing products with multiple levels that SAP's business suite is said to tread on.
SAP claims the patents should be declared invalid for obviousness. It's expected to appeal while Versata seeks an injunction.
Bloomberg says it's the fourth-largest patent jury verdict yet this year in the US.
Versata brought a patent-breach of contract-misappropriation of trade secrets case against Sun also asking for $100 million and Sun miraculously won the day back in April, an unusual turn of events in the notoriously pro-patent holder Eastern District.
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