Eye on Oracle

Feb 6 2013   9:56PM GMT

Oracle vs. HP, part 2- or, why the corporate world still looks a lot like grade school

Lena Weiner Lena Weiner Profile: Lena Weiner

Regular readers of my blog will probably remember me comparing that whole Oracle vs. HP “thing” to a school-yard scuffle. Well, the kids are at it again- now, HP is wailing on Oracle, Oracle is yelling “mercy!” and no one cares, because, well, it feels good to see a bully get theirs.

At least, that’s my analogy of the situation. I’ll admit that I took some artistic license there.

Long story short, Oracle attempted last week to end its bitter trial against HP, hoping to appeal the case sooner rather than later and skip the little part of the trial where the judge decides how much and what exactly Oracle owes HP for basically trashing their reputation and attempting to steal their customers (as HP sees it, anyway- Oracle’s side of the story is that HP’s Itanium chips were simply an inferior product and they chose to forgo supporting them).  According to some sources, HP is seeking as much as $4 billion. Is this the Silicon Valley version of taking all the bully’s lunch money while the hall monitor holds them down?

Whether it is or not, the judge did not comment as to why they rejected Oracle’s petition to end the trial. As a result of this action, however, Oracle will have to wait until after the entire trial ends to appeal anything— and it’s likely they will appeal the multiple issues (compensation, guilt, and so on) all at once.

I hate to speculate (ok, that’s a lie, I love to speculate), but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if with all of Oracle’s recent legal battles, they’ve burned through a large amount of tolerance and sympathy that the US legal system might have for them. It will be interesting to see how the courts treat Oracle in any upcoming legal battles in the next few years.

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