Thursday 23 November 2017

Oracle slashes legal claim against Google but battle to finish in court

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Karen Gullo

A $6bn legal claim against Google has been slashed to $2bn, but a copyright battle with technology rival Oracle is still set to go ahead in a US court.

The two tech giants are locked in a legal battle over software patents worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The dispute centres on Android software used in millions of mobile phones.

Google said Oracle Corporation had lowered a request to be paid damages by Google to at least US$2bn (€1.46bn), according to a court filing.

Google said the estimate for damages included a US$1.2bn in damages claim for unjust enrichment in 2012 alone.

It has asked a US federal judge to exclude parts of the calculation that it says aren't supported by the evidence.

In July, San Francisco based US District Judge William Alsup threw out an earlier estimate from Oracle that it could be entitled to as much as US$6.1bn in damages from Google.

The lawsuit claims Google infringed Java patents owned by Oracle when it created the Android operating system. The Android system is currently running on more than 150 million mobile devices.

Oracle's new damages report "ignores governing law and the guidelines of this court's July 22, 2011, order," Google lawyer Robert Van Nest said in a letter to Judge Alsup yesterday.

Judge Alsup ruled in July that a new estimate should start as low as US$100m, a figure that Google was offered in 2006 to license Java from Sun Microsystems.

Oracle later bought Sun. Google rejected the offer.

Deborah Hellinger, a spokeswoman for Oracle declined to comment on the Google filing yesterday.

The two companies have made little headway this week in negotiations aimed at resolving the lawsuit, a person briefed on the talks said. (Bloomberg)

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