Google Seeks $4 Million From Oracle for Trial Costs
07/06/2012| 07:16pm US/Eastern
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 on Thursday, Google says that as the "prevailing party" it's entitled to recover costs.
Those costs for making copies and materials for the trial amounted to about $2.9 million, Google says, while fees for transcripts amounted to roughly $143,000. Compensation for court-appointed experts came in at about $987,000, Google adds.
An Oracle spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Google, of Mountain View, Calif., says in the court filing it delivered more than 97 million documents for review as part of the case 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 won no damages in the case, has said it plans to appeal the court's ruling.
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