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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Wednesday issued yet another blistering attack on HP Chairman Ray Lane, HP CEO Leo Apotheker and the HP board of directors with a call to change the HP tagline from "Invent" to "Steal."
The attack was the second from Ellison in as many days centered on the penalty phase of a trial next week regarding the theft of software from Oracle that covered at least some of the period when Apotheker was CEO of SAP.
"HP Chairman Ray Lane has taken the position that (HP CEO) Leo Apotheker is innocent of wrongdoing because he didn't know anything about the stealing going on at SAP while Leo was CEO," said Ellison in his latest statement. "The most basic facts of the case show this to be an absurd lie. Oracle sued SAP for stealing in March of 2007. Leo became CEO of SAP in April of 2008. Leo knew all about the stealing. In fact, Leo did not stop the stealing until 7 months after he became CEO. Why so long? We'd like to know. Ray Lane and the rest of the HP Board do not want anyone to know. That's the new HP Way with Ray in charge and Leo on the run. It's time to change the HP tagline from 'Invent' to 'Steal'."
One top HP partner, who did not want to be identified, said the Oracle attack couldn't come at a worse time for HP given the uncertainty in the sales channel with the arrival of Apotheker.
Many HP partners have questioned whether Apotheker will develop the same kind of tight channel relationships as former HP CEO Mark Hurd, who joined Oracle as Co-President last month. This after the highly regarded Hurd was pushed out of HP for filing inaccurate expense reports and violating HP's code of conduct.