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Oracle claims $2.6 billion in damages from Google

updated 09:50 pm EDT, Wed June 29, 2011

Oracle defends expert opinion

Oracle has narrowed down its damage claim, which now sits at $2.6 billion, in its ongoing legal battle with Google over Java technology. The search giant recently filed a motion arguing that Oracle's damages expert and the original damages report should be excluded from further proceedings. The filing claimed that Oracle's damages estimate spanned between $1.4 billion and $6.1 billion.

Oracle has responded in opposition to the motion, claiming that it is owed a combination of $0.9 billion to $1.4 billion as an up-front payment and 10 to 15 percent of Google's advertising revenue on Android devices.

"Google falsely claims that [damages expert] Prof. Cockburn concludes that Oracle is owed anywhere from $1.4 to $6.1 billion in damages," Oracle's filing reads. "He does not. His opinion is that the total damages that should be awarded to Oracle is $2.6 billion."

Oracle's original lawsuit claims Google has been using patented Java technology, bought by Oracle in 2009, for the Android operating system without first securing a licensing agreement. The court is considering the possibility of narrowing the focus of the suit, which currently lists 123 individual patents.

The plaintiff was recently met with a potential setback in its patent-infringement lawsuit focusing on the Android OS. After the company asked the USPTO to investigate several patents, the office ruled that the majority of claims in one patent are unenforceable.

The dispute is set to go to trial in October if the two parties do not reach a settlement. [via Foss Patents]

by MacNN Staff



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