ADVERTISING BROKER Google has filed a $4m bill of costs for Oracle's
third damages expert report in the trial over alleged copyright and
patent infringement in Android.
Oracle alleged that Google's Android operating system infringed its
Java copyrights and patents and initially claimed billions in
damages. Oracle stumbled through the pre-trial proceedings and
eventually lost the case, and instead of receiving billions from
Google, all Oracle got was a bill from Google for $4,030,669.
With Google disputing Oracle's damages report, Oracle's expert witness
had to redraft the report and repeatedly revise down the damages
estimates, all of which added to both parties' legal bills.
When Oracle asked for a third attempt to submit an acceptable damages
expert report, US District Court Judge William Alsup told Oracle that
it could file the report, but said that if Oracle lost the case it
would have to pay Google's costs for responding to that. That bill has
now come due.
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