Oracle could hit SAP for billions

Oracle has laid the groundwork to claim billions of dollars more from SAP than previously indicated, raising the stakes in their closely watched legal battle over software theft. SAP, Europe’s largest software firm, has admitted to liability for the theft by a now-defunct subsidiary, TomorrowNow. The two are fighting it out to determine how much the German company should compensate its bigger American rival. Former Oracle president Charles Phillips told the court yesterday his ex-employer would have charged SAP at least $4bn to $5bn for the rights to use the software that TomorrowNow improperly downloaded.