Google SLAPS Oracle with This BIG Bill
Last month Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) declined to receive any statutory damages from Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) after a judge only awarded two minor infringements in its favor in the Java-Android patent case. Google has now slapped it with a $4 million bill for its legal costs, appealing to the presiding judge in the case to force Oracle to pay up.
“Google prevailed on a substantial part of the litigation,” Google said in a Bill of Costs filed with the court, according to Wired. “[Oracle] recovered none of the relief it sought in this litigation. Accordingly, Google is the prevailing party and is entitled to recover costs.”
The cost includes transcript fee of about $143,000, court-appointed expert fee of $987,000, and a $2.9 million fee for obtaining, copying, and organizing documents used in the case. According to the filing, Google collected over 97 million documents as evidence for the case and produced over 20 million pages of written documents.
Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) had accused Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) of infringing on its Java patents while writing its Android smartphone operating system. However, Judge William Alsup ruled that the structure, sequence, and organization of 37 Java APIs in the case were not copyrightable, leaving Oracle with two minor infringement counts. “Google has violated no copyright,” Alsup wrote in his decision, because “copyright law does not confer ownership over any and all ways to implement a function or specification, no matter how creative the copyrighted implementation or specification may be.”
While Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) had the potential of getting a payout of $300,000, it decided not to accept any payment at the time because it planned to appeal the court’s ruling.
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