May 17, 2011 / 2:58 PM / 8 years ago

SAP may appeal U.S. $345 mln Versata patent ruling

FRANKFURT, May 17 (Reuters) - SAP AG (SAPG.DE) is considering an appeal against a U.S. jury ruling that may force the German business software maker to pay $345 million to peer Versata for patent infringement.

“We have not made any provisions and we reserve the right to take legal steps,” a SAP spokesman said on Tuesday.

A jury at a federal court in Texas had decided on payments of $345 million but that decision needs to be confirmed by additional hearings before it is final.

The case has been dragging on for years and in 2009 a U.S. court ruled that SAP should pay privately-owned Versata $139 million in damages for patent infringement.

Versata, which sells SAP-based pricing software to auto dealers, utilities and telecom providers, has accused SAP of data theft, saying its software had been copied illegally in SAP applications.

The ruling was another setback for SAP after a Northern California jury in November awarded Oracle Corp ORCL.O $1.3 billion over accusations that SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow wrongly downloaded millions of Oracle’s files. [ID:nLDE6AN02A]

SAP shareholder DSW has said it would vote against endorsing the company’s executive board and supervisory board during next week’s annual shareholders’ meeting.

It said due to the court cases management had neglected its duties and had failed to make adequate provisions. (Reporting by Hendrik Sackmann; Writing by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by David Holmes)

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