Oracle seeks $2.6 billion in damages from Google
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Oracle Corp. is claiming $2.6 billion in damages from Google Inc., alleging that it infringed Oracle patents on the Java programming language and its use in the Android operating system.
In the latest filing in the case between the two California tech giants, Oracle revealed it was seeking $0.9 billion to $1.4 billion upfront from Google for infringing its patents. The Redwood Shores, Calif., tech firm is also seeking 15% of the revenue Google receives from advertising on its mobile operating system.
Oracle filed its suit in August, claiming that Google’s use of Java in its OS infringes a patent acquired from Sun Microsystems when Oracle purchased the company in 2009.
‘Google repeatedly rejected the reasonable licensing terms that Sun offered and ultimately chose to willfully infringe Oracle’s intellectual property and release the Java-based Android platform,’ Oracle said in its filing.
Android has been used on more than 310 devices and now has the largest share of the smartphone market.
Google did not respond to a message seeking comment. Earlier this month, a spokeswoman for the company had said Oracle’s damage claim was out of line.
‘Oracle’s ‘methodology’ for calculating damages is based on fundamental legal errors and improperly inflates their estimates,’ she said.
Oracle also did not respond to requests for comment.
-- Salvador Rodriguez