Oakland - SAP AG must pay Oracle $1.3-billion for software theft, a jury decided, awarding damages that could be the largest-ever for copyright infringement.
The decision, by a US district court jury in Oakland California, drew a gasp from the courtroom and prompted hugs and handshakes among Oracle's legal team, which has pursued their case for years.
Oracle's shares rose 1.5 percent in after-hours trade, while those of SAP slipped 1.4 percent.
SAP, Europe's top software maker, said it was disappointed by the verdict and might appeal.
“We are, of course, disappointed by this verdict and will pursue all available options, including post-trial motions and appeal if necessary,” SAP said in a statement in response to the verdict.