German enterprise software maker SAP has been ordered by a US judge to pay $345 million to Versata Software for infringing on its patent.
SAP suffered a massive set-back after a judge, following a week-long trial, ruled that SAP had to pay Versata for lost profits and royalties for violating Versata’s patent related to ‘a method and apparatus for pricing products in multi-level product and organisational groups’.
Back in August 2009, SAP was ordered to pay $138.6 million to Versata in damages. Another judge removed the ruling and ordered a new trial.
Judges at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled on Friday that SAP’s software continued to infringe on Versata’s patent and ordered the company to pay $260 million in lost profits and $85 million in royalties to Versata.
"Our patented technology enables Versata customers to deploy best-in-class solutions that competitors simply cannot match," Versata Chief Operating Officer Chris Smith said in a statement as quoted by PCWorld (opens in new tab).
"We cherish and defend the mutually successful, multi-decade relationships resulting from our innovation investment."
SAP on the other hand, claimed that it was disappointed with the ruling and would review it. The company is yet to decide whether to take further legal actions.