WASHINGTON Jan 21 The U.S. Supreme Court on
Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by SAP AG, meaning
a jury verdict ordering the German business software maker to
pay $345 million to peer Versata Software Inc for patent
infringement remains intact.
In 2011, a jury at a federal court in the Eastern District
of Texas issued its award, which was upheld by the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Federal Circuit in May 2013. In court papers,
SAP said the award is now worth $391 million, including
interest. The final amount will be determined by a federal judge
at a later date.
Versata, which sells pricing software to auto dealers,
utilities and telecom providers, said its software had been
copied illegally in SAP applications.
SAP said in its petition that in June 2013, the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board found that
several of Versata's patent claims were invalid. Litigation on
that issue is continuing in a separate case that is likely to be
decided by the same appeals court.
The appeal board was set up by Congress as part of the 2011
America Invents Act as a way to review the validity of so-called
business method patents.
Various companies, including Hewlett-Packard Co and
eBay Inc, had encouraged the court to hear the case.
The case is SAP v. Versata, U.S. Supreme Court, 13-716.