SAP will have to pay $1.3 billion to Ellison's Oracle

The maker of software, which no one is sure what it really does, SAP has been ordered to pay Oracle more than $1.3 billion in damages.

That is on top of the $120 million in attorneys’ fees SAP agreed to pay when the trial first began.

The cash is a fine for SAP’s TomorrowNow division lifting files from Oracle.

SAP, which believed that the damages amounted to about $28 million, had argued that Oracle was looking for an undeserved bonanza out of the jury.

Oracle insisted that the market value of licensing the IP was between $1.65 billion and $3 billion. No one would have been completely happy and Oracle would have been wondering what impact it might have made if it had got the former CEO of the outfit Leo Apothaker (pictured) onto the stand.

SAP said it was disappointed by this verdict and will pursue all available options, including post-trial motions and appeal if necessary.

In a statement, it said that this would be a “prolonged process and we continue to hope that the matter can be resolved appropriately without more years of litigation”. Some hope.

SAP is fairly upset that no one took any notice of the steps it took after the theft was made public. This included accepting liability, and it had been willing to fairly compensate Oracle.

All we can say is that SAP should be grateful that they were not music files. Going by the standard rate of what juries are ordering file sharers to pay, it would have been billed several trillion dollars.