April 9, 2013 -- A trial in HP’s dispute with Oracle Corp. over software support for servers running Intel Corp.’s Itanium microprocessors will be delayed while Oracle appeals a ruling on a motion in the case.

The second phase of a trial was set to begin this week to determine whether Oracle breached the contract at issue, and if so, what amount HP should be awarded in damages. That proceeding was put on hold after Oracle on Monday challenged a decision by a state judge in San Jose, Calif., that it was late in filing a claim that HP was violating its free-speech rights. In the trial’s first phase, Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg agreed with HP that Oracle made a commitment to develop software supporting servers that run on Itanium chips, under an agreement the companies reached over Mark Hurd’s transition from chief executive officer of HP to co-president of Oracle.

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