In the wake of the Oracle's $1.3 billion legal victory over SAP, the software giant is turning its guns towards another business trying steal away its lucrative customers.
It was clear from the beginning of its recently concluded trial against SAP that Oracle wasn't in it just for the money. It got that, though. A federal jury awarded Oracle $1.3 billion in damages stemming from SAP's (SAP) acknowledged copyright infringement of Oracle's (ORCL) software. Still, Oracle really was sending a message about the $16-billion-a-year maintenance and support business associated with servicing its applications. Oracle makes a bundle maintaining its own software on behalf of clients, and it isn't about to give up the fight easily against those, like the shuttered SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow, that aim to siphon away that business.
So who's next in Oracle's sights? More
Oracle v. SAP has all the makings of an industrial espionage flick -- a trash-talking CEO, a star litigator and high-profile witnesses. In sleepy Silicon Valley, those twists and turns have captivated everyone.
Contrary to its portrayal in the recent movie The Social Network, Silicon Valley is a pretty boring place. Restaurants close at 9pm. Billionaires wear jeans and dark-colored turtlenecks. And most people who hang out in downtown Palo MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Nov 15, 2010 3:00 AM ET
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