I had the opportunity this week to watch some of the Hewlett Packard v. Oracle Corporation trial in the California Superior Court, Santa Clara County, Case no. 1-11-CV-203163. The case results from a failed settlement in Hewlett-Packard Company v. Hurd, SCCSCT Case No. 1-10-cv-181699. That case was dismissed with prejudice on September 22, 2010 following the execution of a written settlement agreement.