Google Demands $4 Million From Oracle Because Of Android Trial
In what has to be salt in the wound for Oracle, Google has demanded $4 Million USD to cover costs associated with the legal battle over the Android mobile operating system. A brief filed in federal court has Robert Van Nest, Google's lead counsel, arguing that Oracle should be required to pay the legal costs Google as accrued because the judge and jury ruled in Google's favor on nearly every issue brought up in the six-week trial. According to Google, the company spent $2.9 million alone on copying and organizing an astronomical 97 million documents during the trial. Oracle sued Google back in 2010 over patents and copyrights that were infringed upon when 37 Java APIs were cloned by Google in the creation of Android. Oracle went so far as to claim that Google actually lifted software code. In the end, a year of pre-trial talks, followed by six weeks in court resulted in Oracle walking away with almost nothing. Google was only liable for lifting nine lines of code and two test files. Oracle will be appealing the rulings, however that may not stop them having to pay Google $4 Million should Judge Alsup rule in favor of Google's demand.
In 2010, Oracle sued Google, claiming that the search giant infringed on its copyrights and patents in building the Android mobile operating system. The suit arrived after Oracle acquired Sun Microsystem, maker of the Java programming language, which plays a larger role on Android.
Posted by | Sat, Jul 07, 2012 - 04:27 PM