SAP has to pay Versata Software $139m following a court decision that it is infringing on five of Versata's patents. Versata's lawyers had only asked for $100m or so, according to Bloomberg, but got a bonus $39m from the Texas Jury after it dismissed SAP's claim that it wasn't infringing patents, and that the patents should be …
It isnt beyond the whit of the Jury selection process to get 12 technically savvy men & women together in the same room to hear "technical" trials?
How long still
This is really getting boring, the stupid patents affair. When will US change the law?
More about on this issue, Versata has apparently a system to price systems and software entities depending on the sold quantity. They have a software that allows you to define your own rules for that, depending on industry, channel, geography. But they don't have the rules predefined, the customer has to define them. So if they won the claim, I can only imagine that maybe some SAP subsidiary really used that software - anyone knows where to find more details?
Oooh it makes me blood boil!
Perhaps the same Texan jury that has only just deemed Microsoft infringed patents by using XML in Word. This one is even more annoying because of SAP's stance opposing software patents.