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Oracle lawsuit alleges 'gray market conspiracy' over support services

Chris Kanaracus | Feb. 23, 2012
Oracle is alleging that two companies violated its intellectual property as part of a "gray market" conspiracy to provide support for Oracle's Sun Solaris OS and hardware, according to a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

ServiceKey and DLT-FBSC didn't respond to requests for comment Wednesday on Oracle's suit.

To some degree, the allegations echo those made by Oracle against former SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow, which provided lower-cost support for Oracle applications.

Oracle won a US$1.3 billion judgment against SAP, which admitted liability for illegal support-site downloads conducted by TomorrowNow. A judge overturned that jury award and Oracle is now seeking a new trial on damages.

The company has also sued third-party support provider Rimini Street, which is led by TomorrowNow co-founder Seth Ravin, claiming it had duplicated TomorrowNow's business model. Rimini Street has maintained its innocence and countersued Oracle, saying it acts within the rights of its customers' license agreements.

 

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