Oracle, Rimini headed for September trial over third party maintenance

After years of dueling legal documents, Oracle and Rimini Street will face off with a trial in September that will go a long way toward validating or chilling third party support.

The Oracle-Rimini Street showdown over third party support is finally going to trial in September.

Oracle said Tuesday that its lawsuit against Rimini Street and CEO Seth Ravin will go to trial in September.

The two sides have been exchanging court documents and barbs for years. Oracle sued Rimini Street in 2010 alleging that the support provider and Ravin were infringing on copyrights.

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Rimini said in a statement:

Oracle's media statement today regarding the nearly decade long competition and years of litigation between Oracle and Rimini Street appears to be driven by frustration. Despite Oracle's extensive tactics in the marketplace, more and more Oracle licensees are switching to Rimini Street's award-winning independent software support for unparalleled premium service and more than 50 percent savings in annual support fees.

For Oracle, the battle vs. Rimini Street is worth it since support accounts for a big chunk of the profit pie. Rimini Street provides support for Oracle and SAP at roughly half the cost.

In addition, Rimini Street has been consistently adding customers and growing its revenue base.

Oracle is seeking more than $200 million in damages and an injunction that could derail Rimini's business model.

For its part, Rimini has repeatedly said that it hasn't infringed on Oracle copyrights. But Oracle in August claimed a legal victory over Rimini.

So far, the legal duel with Oracle hasn't hurt Rimini. The company's first quarter revenue was $25.9 million, up 40 percent from a year ago and Rimini counts more than 1,000 signed customers. For 2014, Rimini had revenue of $86.7 million, up 42 percent from 2013.

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