Oracle Loses Appeal of Ruling in Hewlett-Packard Suit
In August, a California superior court judge had ruled that Oracle had a binding contract with HP to continue supporting Itanium.
A court has rejected Oracle's appeal of a judge's ruling in the lawsuit Hewlett-Packard brought over Oracle's decision to stop porting its software to HP's Itanium server platform.
In August, a California superior court judge ruled that Oracle had a binding contract with HP and ordered it to continue supporting Itanium. Oracle filed its appeal of that ruling in October with California's 6th District Court of Appeal, which rejected it on Thursday, according to court records.
Further details of the reasons for the appeals court's decision weren't immediately available Friday.
Oracle and HP both declined to comment on the ruling.
The vendors are long-time partners with many shared customers. But their relationship soured following Oracle's entry into the hardware market with the purchase of Sun Microsystems, as well as HP's move to oust CEO Mark Hurd, who is a close friend of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Hurd now serves as a presidentof Oracle.
It is standing practice for tech vendors with competing products to find ways to partner, as reflected by the industry term "co-opetition." But some observers see the Oracle-HP flap as something that couldinfluence the way such pacts are drawn up in the future, with companies exercising much more caution.
The case is scheduled to have a second phase that will focus on damages owed to HP. That phase is scheduled to begin in April, according to an HP spokesman.
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