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Google: Oracle wants $2 billion in Android licenses for Java

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Wed September 21, 2011

Google filing details alleged Oracle price values

Oracle wants a minimum of $2 billion in damages for alleged violations of Java's copyrights and patents in Android, Google said in a court filing. The company wanted $1.2 billion for perceived damages in 2012 as well as past and future payments. As Oracle wants payments to go out as far as 2025, however, the tally could be much higher.

In opposition, Google attorney Robert Van Nest argued that the request "ignores governing law" and a court order that had allowed for estimates as low as $100 million. Google hasn't shied away from admitting that there were similarities in code between Android and Java but has been trying to keep any payments to a cheaper one-time settlement than a royalty.

Oracle is believed to want as much as $15 to $20 for every Android device that ships and would at least cut into Google's revenue, if not force it to adjust its licensing to offset the costs. Google doesn't charge directly for Android but does require an ad revenue sharing deal that might not necessarily cover the license costs.

The two sides are in mandatory settlement talks but so far haven't been successful in reaching a deal. A formal trial is likely to start at the end of October if Google and Oracle can't reach a deal.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jayparry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sounds fair

    thats what they deserve the cheaters.

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  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: cheaters

    You mean Oracle, or Google?

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Haven't heard much about Android activation number

    I guess that (550,000 * $15-$20) is a lot of money in terms of licensing costs. Maybe Google aren't so happy with the number of cheap handsets flooding the market anymore.

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