Aug. 3, 2012 (Bloomberg) -- Oracle Corp. is contractually obligated to continue developing software for HP’s Itanium-based servers, a California judge ruled.

Both sides have 15 days to file objections to the decision, Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg in San Jose said. Oracle said in a statement that it will appeal. If Thursday’s ruling stands, the suit will advance to a jury trial in which HP may seek $500 million in damages for breach of contract.

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