Jury Awards Versata $138.64 Million Over Patent Case Against SAP

Posted Aug 27, 2009

Versata Software has won a patent case against SAP.  A jury has awarded Versata $138.64 million in damages on SAP’s tab.  The jury found that SAP violated 5 of Versata’s patents.  The patents awarded to Versata took place between 1998-2006.

The patents were related to system configuration and pricing products.  Versata filed the complaint around 2007.  The SAP Business Suite was supposedly in violation of the configuration patents.  Versata did win the financial goal they were looking for, but now they are also seeking an injunction against SAP.

“Our attorneys are reviewing the legal options and we expect to file an appeal,” stated Andy Kendzie, an SAP spokesman. “We don’t believe this will have any immediate, negative impact on our customers.”

Versata itself started in 2006 when Trilogy acquired the company and took the same name.  Versata has been on a company acquisition binge since.  The most recent acquisition that Versata made was Everest Software.