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Oracle to appeal US copyright damages case: SAP

STUTTGART: US business software maker Oracle has launched an appeal on a five-year long court case that could see SAP pay millions more in damages over copyright infringement.

On Monday, a spokesman for SAP confirmed a report in the German daily Mannheimer Morgen to this effect, adding that “in the worst case the appeal could take two years,” adding SAP was disappointed that Oracle continued to drag out the process.

“We agreed to a reasonable arrangement, since we believe this case has already persisted long enough,” the SAP spokesman said.

SAP agreed in August to pay Oracle $306 million in damages over copyright infringement allegations against a SAP unit, “to save the time and expense of this new trial, and to expedite the resolution of the appeal,” as lawyers for both companies had said at the time.

A Northern California jury determined in 2010 that Oracle should be paid $1.3 billion over accusations SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow wrongfully downloaded millions of Oracle files.

However, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton last year discarded the jury verdict and said Oracle could accept a $272 million award, or opt for a new trial against SAP.

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Oracle launches solution to enhance data security

NEW DELHI: IT major Oracle today launched a new set of solutions aimed at helping enterprises that are planning to embrace cloud, mobile and social technologies as part of their business practice.

The ‘Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2’ further strengthens Oracle’s integrated enterprise security solutions spanning hardware, database, middleware, and enterprise applications, Oracle Vice President (Technology – APAC) Sundar Ram Gopalakrishnan told reporters here.

“Organisations today, while recognising the need for an end-to-end security solution, fail to look at security comprehensively until they’ve had a security breach. There are often security gaps since there is no centralised management or reporting, with independent owners for every solution,” he added.

Oracle’s end-to-end security solutions offer the lowest total cost of ownership and meet compliance needs across IT infrastructure, data, applications and identity management, Gopalakrishnan said.

In India, Oracle is focusing on sectors like telecom, banking, financial services and insurance and government as these sectors own extensive classified or confidential data and are more prone to security threats.

“These sectors are also guided by strong regulatory compliances. Oracle with its full spectrum of security solutions is in a strong position to address the needs of these demanding industries,” he said.

According to a recent survey, respondents said they felt they were are inadequately protecting sensitive data and database infrastructure.

About 60 per cent respondents said they have or are likely to have a data breach over the next 12 months and a majority said the stolen records were from database servers.

“Oracle offers complete identity management solutions that enable enterprises to secure critical applications and sensitive data, lower operational costs, and comply with regulatory requirements,” he said.

Some of the Indian customers using Oracle’s security solutions include Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), TVS Motor Company and Aircel Ltd.

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Oracle suffers major setback in Google Inc case

SAN FRANCISCO: A US judge dismissed Oracle Corp’s copyright claims against Google Inc for parts of the Java programming language, knocking out Oracle’s prime vehicle for damages in a high stakes legal battle over smartphones.

The ruling on Thursday from a San Francisco federal judge is the latest blow to Oracle in its lawsuit against Google. It is one of several intellectual property cases between tech giants over smartphones and tablets using Google’s Android operating system.

Apple is scheduled for trial in US courts against Google’s Motorola Mobility unit in June, and against Samsung in July. However, Oracle’s lawsuit against Google, filed in 2010, was the first in the smartphone wars to go before a jury.

The case examined whether computer language that connects programs and operating systems – known as application programming interfaces, or APIs – can be copyrighted. In a trial that began last month, Oracle claimed Google’s Android tramples on its rights to the structure of 37 Java APIs.

Google argued it did not violate Oracle’s patents and that Oracle cannot copyright APIs for Java, an open-source or publicly available software language. Android is the best-selling smartphone operating system around the world.

Oracle sought roughly $1 billion on its copyright claims, but the jury deadlocked on a key copyright issue.

They then found that Google did not infringe two of Oracle’s patents, which ended the trial last week before damages could be considered.

Meanwhile, US District Judge William Alsup had deferred a legal ruling on the ability to copyright 37 Java APIs until after the trial.

His ruling on Thursday likely eliminates the ability of Oracle to seek an immediate retrial against Google in San Francisco federal court.

Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said the company will “vigorously appeal” Alsup’s order. “This ruling, if permitted to stand, would undermine the protection for innovation and invention in the United States,” Hellinger wrote in an email.

Alsup’s written order does not address whether all Java APIs are free to use without a license – or whether the structure of any computer program may be stolen.

“Rather, it holds on the specific facts of this case, the particular elements replicated by Google were free for all to use,” Alsup wrote.

Google spokesman Jim Prosser said the decision upholds the principle that open computer languages are essential for software development.

“It’s a good day for collaboration and innovation,” Prosser said.

The case in US District Court, Northern District of California is Oracle America, Inc v. Google Inc, 10-3561.

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‘Google infringed on some Oracle Java copyright’

SAN FRANCISCO: A Northern California jury on Monday found that Google Inc infringed upon Oracle Corp’s copyrights on the structure of part of the Java software programming language, in a high stakes trial over smartphone technology. However, the jury failed to decide after days of deliberation whether Google had the right to fair use of that copyrighted structure. The partial verdict was read in a San Francisco federal courtroom. Despite finding Google infringed upon some of Oracle’s copyrights, the lack of a clear, full decision may represent a setback for Oracle. The U.S. software company is trying to prove the Internet search leader did not have a right to fair use of Java’s structural and organizational elements. Google’s lawyers challenged the key jury decision on Java copyrights after the Monday verdict, moving for a mistrial. Oracle sued Google in August 2010, saying its Android mobile operating system infringes on its intellectual property rights to the Java programming language. Google says it does not violate Oracle’s patents and that Oracle cannot copyright certain parts of Java, an “open-source,” or publicly available, software language. Earlier in the case, estimates of potential damages against Google ran as high as $6.1 billion. But Google successfully narrowed Oracle’s patent claims, so that the bulk of Google’s damages exposure now derives mostly on copyright claims. Oracle is seeking roughly $1 billion in copyright damages. The seven woman, five man jury will begin hearing evidence on Oracle’s patents after rendering the copyright verdict. A third phase to decide damages would come after the patent testimony. The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, is Oracle America, Inc v. Google Inc, 10-3561.

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