More Mellow Ellison, Feistier CatzBy Reuters | Print
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In the Oracle, SAP trial, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison testified that SAP's theft of his company's software cost Oracle $4 billion. Meanwhile, Oracle has hired private detectives to track down former SAP CEO Leo Apotheker, current HP CEO, to deliver a subpeona to him.
"Mr. Ellison's testimony was anti-climactic given his statements these past weeks," SAP spokesperson Saswato Das said in an emailed statement.
The two software companies, which together dominate the global market for software that helps businesses run more efficiently, are slugging it out in court to determine the amount of damages for the software theft.
"I've had that discussion with people, but I tend not to write those things down," Ellison replied simply.
Oracle president Safra Catz -- who often shuns the public spotlight -- testified after Ellison, and took on a feistier tone. Had SAP sought a license from Oracle for the software TomorrowNow downloaded, Catz said, SAP would have had to pay up front.
"We didn't pay for PeopleSoft on layaway," she said.
So far, Oracle has been unable to subpoena the man whose testimony would likely be the mostly closely watched in the five-week trial: Apotheker.
Oracle has hired private investigators to track him down, believing testimony by the former SAP chief will support its case, according to a source familiar with the situation.