SAP Abused Dominance in Software Market, Versata Tells EU Competition Body
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SAP AG, the world’s biggest maker of business-management software, abused its dominant position, Versata Software Inc. said in a complaint to the European Union’s competition regulator.
Versata, based in Austin, Texas, accuses SAP of forcing its price-calculating software called Pricer out of the market by refusing to give information that would allow it to work with SAP products. Versata also claims Walldorf, Germany-based SAP cloned Pricer and combined it with other SAP products so that its clients wouldn’t buy Pricer.
SAP, which said it would acquire Dublin, California-based Sybase Inc. May 12 to help it fend off competition from Oracle Corp., was found to have violated Versata’s patents by a jury in Marshal, Texas last year. The jury ordered SAP to pay Versata $138.6 million.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, can reject complaints if it decides there isn’t enough evidence of anti-competitive behavior. Vinje, who represented Oracle in its bid to win approval to acquire Sun Microsystems Inc., said the SAP complaint was filed today.
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