Google Seeks $4 Million From Oracle for Court Costs
07/06/2012| 08:23pm US/Eastern
--Google says in filing that as "prevailing party" in trial that ended earlier this year, it is entitled to recover costs
--Oracle sued Google in 2010, alleging it infringed on patents, copyrights protecting Java technology
--Oracle has said it plans to appeal court's ruling
(Adds Oracle declining to comment in fifth paragraph.)
By John Letzing
Google Inc. (>> Google Inc) has requested roughly $4 million in compensation from Oracle Corp. (>> Oracle Corporation) in the wake of the companies' litigation over alleged intellectual-property infringement.
Oracle sued Google in 2010, charging that Google's Android mobile-phone software infringed patents and copyrights that protect Oracle's Java technology. But the resulting trial in San Francisco, which wrapped up in May, ended with a victory for Google.
In a filing Thursday, Google said that as the "prevailing party" it is entitled to recover costs.
The costs for making copies and materials for the trial amounted to about $2.9 million, Google said, while fees for transcripts came to roughly $143,000. Compensation for court-appointed experts came in around $987,000, Google added.
An Oracle spokeswoman declined to comment.
Google, of Mountain View, Calif., said in the court filing it delivered more than 97 million documents for review as part of the litigation with Oracle, of Redwood Shores, Calif., and that 60 witnesses were deposed.
A jury found that Google did copy some fundamental blueprints of Oracle's Java technology for use in Android, which has become a popular mobile phone platform, but couldn't decide whether that copying was permitted under the fair-use doctrine.
Separately, the jury found that Google infringed on a small amount of computer code found in Java, but the resulting potential damage to Oracle was minimal.
Oracle, which ultimately took away no damages in the case, has said it plans to appeal the court's ruling.
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