Eye on Oracle

Nov 4 2011   3:27PM GMT

Oracle vs. Google: How long is 22 million pages?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The trial over Oracle’s claims that Google infringed on Oracle’s Java patents with its Android mobile phone devices has been delayed. Thanks in part to 22 million pages.

According to Groklaw, there is an independent damages expert named James Kearl appointed by the court. Kearl’s job is to, as Groklaw put it, “sift through and assess the damages reports of the parties and present and independent report that should help the court (and jury) understand and apply the better arguments of each when ultimately determining damages (assuming infringement has been found).”

Here’s the thing, though. Those damages reports that Kearl has to sift through amount to 22 million pages. Yes, 22 million! Do you know how long that is?

Let’s put it this way: If Kearl read one page per minute around the clock, it would take him about 40 years to get through 22 million pages. Put another way, to meet the January deadline, Kearl and 239 other people will have to read one page per minute around the clock – and that doesn’t even include any analysis of the data. How are they going to get it done? I honestly have no idea.

So yeah, maybe the delay was warranted.

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