Eye on Oracle

Jul 25 2011   1:28PM GMT

Oracle vs. Google: Judge severely limits possible damages

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

In the ongoing legal battle between Oracle and Google – the lawsuit between two bullies – the judge in the case has ordered Oracle to reduce its damages claims by about 95%.

Last month we reported that Oracle was looking for billions of dollars in damages in the case, in which Oracle claims Google infringed on its Java patents by promoting its Android mobile devices. Oracle’s damages expert in the case claimed that the fairest negotiation would bring about a result of “about $2.6 billion,” according to court papers.

Nay, nay, said the judge, who ordered the damages claim reduced. Instead, U.S. District Judge William Alsup said that the starting point for Oracle’s damages claims should be $100 million, just a fraction of what Oracle was looking for. The starting point is based on the last offer in 2006 by Sun Microsystems in its negotiations with Google over Java licensing, which went nowhere. That starting point can then go up or down depending on various factors. The most recent court filing spells it all out it plenty of legalese detail, if you’re so inclined.

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