Judge Tosses Oracle's Damages Claims in Google Suit

Kara Reeder

According to MercuryNews.com, a federal judge has rejected Oracle's damages claims in a lawsuit over Oracle's claim that Google's Android operating system infringed on its Java patents. Last August, Oracle sued Google for patent and copyright infringement over Google's use of Java in Android. Oracle claimed that Google owed $2.6 billion in damages, a claim that Google has disputed, saying the methodology for calculating damages is based on "fundamental legal errors."


U.S. District Judge William Alsup seemed to agree with Google, saying Oracle's expert, Boston University professor Iain Cockburn, "overreached in many ways." Ars Technica reports that the judge also took Google to task for its claims that it should owe Oracle nothing, calling that claim "ridiculous" and "totally wrong." Clearly, the matter is far from resolved. The judge has given Oracle a chance to revise its estimate, warning that its revised estimate must be more specific.

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