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August 27, 2009

Versata wins patent suit against SAP America

Jury imposed $138m fine on SAP after finding its products infringed two Versata patents

By CBR Staff Writer

Austin-based Versata Software has won a patent lawsuit against business software provider SAP America and its German-based parent company SAP AG, relating to the pricing technology.

Following a seven-day trial, a jury of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall division, awarded $138m in damages to Versata after finding that SAP infringed upon two Versata software product patents used to organise multi-level pricing tables.

Randy Jacops, CEO and president of Versata Software, said: “Versata has always focused on innovation, resulting in market-leading solutions that drive customer success. Our patented technology enables Versata customers to deploy best-in-class solutions that competitors simply cannot match. We cherish and defend the mutually successful, multi-decade relationships resulting from our innovation investment.”

The jury found that SAP infringed on US patent no. 6,553,350 B2, issued in 2003, and US patent no. 5,878,400, issued in 1999 by selling and distributing SAP’s CRM and ERP platforms.

Versata also said that it intends to seek a permanent injunction preventing any further infringing activities by SAP, including the sale or distribution of the technology.

Lance Jones, senior VP and general counsel, said: “Versata has maintained a long and consistent practice of filing for patents on new and valuable inventions. The jury’s verdict in this case was an extremely important validation of our trust in the patent system as a crucial partner in Versata’s commitment to innovation.”

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