A judge in California has ruled that Oracle Corp. is obligated by contract to develop software for some flagship server systems sold by Hewlett-Packard Co.
The Wall Street Journal reported the ruling was an important victory for H-P, because its sales have been hurt by the possibility that future versions of Oracle's program would run on some of H-P's high-profile servers. Similar partnering issues have involved shipping software.
The ruling will allow further arguments on the case before a jury, in a case in which H-P is expected to ask for as much as $4 billion in damages from Oracle, the Journal reported.
Oracle said it will appeal Wednesday's ruling and will pursue its counterclaim that H-P misled Oracle, the Journal reported.
Hewlett-Packard is the parent company of Plano-based HP Enterprise Services.
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