Oracle-SAP case gets trial date

Software giants to square up in court battle in February 2009.

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By  Michele Howe Published  September 27, 2007

Software giants Oracle and SAP are to go head to head in their dispute over intellectual property in February 2009.

The companies have been given a commencement date of 9 February 2009 for the trial over Oracle's theft claims.

Oracle filed a lawsuit against SAP in March this year alleging that TomorrowNow, an SAP subsidiary, had illegally downloaded documentation from an Oracle site.

In June, Oracle amended the suit to include copy infringement and breach-of-contract claims that included allegations of illegal hacking.

SAP admitted in July that staff at TomorrowNow had inappropriately downloaded material from Oracle's site.

The US District Court judge Martin Jenkins set the trial date at a hearing of the case in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Jenkins gave both companies until July next year to gather evidence, and recommended the companies met for settlement talks before the trial.

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