Oracle Files Suit Against SAP

The business software maker accuses its rival of using illegally acquired files to gain advantage in the crucial tech support market

When Oracle (ORCL) reported knockout fiscal third-quarter results, Chief Executive Larry Ellison took relish in contrasting his company's growth with that of archrival SAP (SAP). "We're gaining on them consistently and rapidly," Ellison told analysts on Mar. 20. But SAP has an ace in the hole when it comes to battling Oracle for market share. The German company collects revenue for providing support for products used by almost 500 of Oracle's own customers.

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