Google wants $4 million from Oracle for legal costs

Google is asking Oracle to pay up more than $4 million to cover administrative costs incurred from the recent infringement battle.

While Oracle once hoped to reap hundreds of millions -- if not billions -- of dollars from its copyright and patent infringement lawsuit filed two years ago against Google, it looks like Oracle might be footing the bill in the end.

Google attorneys filed a petition with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, demanding that Oracle pay up a grand total of $4,030,669.

This comes after the case management hearing on June 20 when Google's lead attorney Robert Van Nest said that Google would in fact be asking Oracle to pay for at least administrative costs -- if not legal fees for the lawyers' billable hours as well.

At that same hearing, Oracle explained it filed a stipulation 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) in order to move proceedings along faster as it works on an appeal.

Google had 14 days to file the petition for its bill of costs. Here are some of the biggest numbers that pop out in the filing:

  • Google electronically produced over 3.3 million documents in response to Oracle’s requests.
  • Google processed more than 97 million documents for electronic processing and review.
  • Google collected documents from over 86 custodians for this case.
  • Google’s 60 separate document productions span over 20 million pages.

For reference, Oracle originally sued Google in 2010 over patent and copyright infringement related to the presence of Java technology on the Android mobile operating system. Oracle owns Java as part of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, which took place earlier that year. 

Eventually, the case broke down to two claims of patent infringement while the copyright phase of the trial focused on 37 Java APIs that appeared in earlier versions of Android.

To clarify, Judge William Alsup has not ruled on the petition yet.

Kristin Zmrhal, project manager of discovery support at Google, wrote in defense of Google's petition, explaining that the Internet giant "is the prevailing party and is entitled to recover costs."

Oracle v. Google: Bill of Costs

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