MARSHALL, Texas – The national law firm of McKool Smith is announcing a $138 million jury verdict against global software provider SAP America (NYSE: SAP) and its German-based parent company SAP AG, in a patent infringement lawsuit won by Austin, Texas-based Versata Software Inc., a pioneer in front-office enterprise software. 

The verdict was issued on August 26, 2009, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.  Jurors found that SAP infringed two Versata software product patents related to pricing technology — U.S. Patent Nos. 6,553,350 B2, issued in 2003, and 5,878,400, issued in 1999.  The jury also rejected SAP’s assertion that the patents were invalid. 

The verdict followed a 7-day trial before the Hon. Charles Everingham IV.

The team of attorneys from McKool Smith representing Versata included firm principals Sam Baxter and Steve Pollinger.

McKool Smith associate Joshua Budwin also represented Versata, along with legal assistants Vicki Meredith and Joanna Walls. 

McKool Smith is recognized as one of the premier trial law firms in the United States based on significant courtroom victories and substantial settlements for domestic and international clients. With more than 100 attorneys in Dallas, Austin, Marshall, New York, and Washington DC, McKool Smith handles commercial, intellectual property and white collar litigation for companies and individuals, including major airlines, telecommunications companies, medical device manufacturers, oil & gas concerns, and many others. McKool Smith is recognized in The National Law Journal for winning more of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2008 than any other law firm in the country.  The Versata-SAP matter represents the second verdict over $100 million obtained by the firm thus far during 2009.  

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