Google pays $0 in damages as Oracle sets sights on appeal

Summary:Oracle has asked Google to pay $0 in statutory damages in its case surrounding alleged patent infringement in Android, as it seeks to speed the way to an appeal

In what might have been the shortest hearing yet during Oracle vs Google, legal teams from both sides met on Monday at the US District Court to clean up unresolved financial issues surrounding the case.

There were a number of major points that were discussed and finalised during the 25-minute session. First, Oracle filed a stipulation earlier in the day in which Google was asked to pay $0 in statutory damages (in reference to the nine lines of code in the rangeCheck method and the test files). Oracle has done this to move proceedings along faster as it works on an appeal. Judge William Alsup asked Oracle's lawyers if there is a catch here; there isn't really except that the damages can be discussed again down the line if Oracle wins an appeal.

Secondly, Google has 14 days to submit an application for Oracle to pay legal administrative costs. It's possible that Google could also demand that Oracle pay for legal fees (ie. billable hours for attorneys) too, but we'll find out in the application.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Google paying $0 in statutory damages as Oracle plans appeal on

Topics: Legal, Security


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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