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Oracle Ordered by Judge to Pay Google’s Legal Fees In Latest Patent Battle Loss

Poor Oracle. After suffering a loss in a battle against Google concerning Java and Android patent fun-stuff, the court is ordering the company to pay Google’s legal fees, totaling no more than $300,000. To sum it all up, at the beginning of the trial the court said that if they felt Oracle was dragging the cases along and wasted the court’s time, a large fee would be the outcome. Better luck next time, Oracle.

Via: Gizmodo

  • Michael Johnson

    …insult to injury…

  • Androidandwp7equalsPower

    Mess with the best, fail like the rest. Apple is next.




  • mike.s

    Gizmodo has this COMPLETELY wrong. This was a ruling made back in January, regarding only the costs for a report by an expert witness.

  • It’s about time that Judges started applying this same rule to Apple.

  • Gr8Ray


  • Let’s be clear: those ‘legal fees’ represents a small fraction of Google’s expenditures on the O v G case, overall.

    What’s being reimbursed here are costs incurred due to Oracle’s repeated (and failed) efforts to come up with a reasonable estimate of damages…specifically, to the third such attempt. Oracle’s hired expert kept revising his figures downward, yet never satisfied the judge’s orders and rulings.

    And Oracle knew they’d be on the hook for this money. In his written opinion which allowed the final try, Judge Alsup said Oracle would be responsible for Google’s costs. A Google attorney reports the amount as ‘more than $300,000″, so you can imagine what the entire case is costing them.


  • Steve Wojciechowski


  • Worker’

    I work at a company that has over 2,000 Oracle database. We pry paid their fee this morning…

  • New_Guy

    Ahahhahahaha!!!! Someone give that judge a raise =D!

    Apple next please…

  • JPD

    wish this happened to apple

  • AWESOME. Damn patent trolls.

    • mike.s

      This was a copyright case. There’s a difference. In fact, in the ruling, the judge pointed out that it would have been different if Oracle had a patent on the areas of Java under scrutiny.

      • GedditWright

        That’s silly, mike, it was both a copyright case and a patent case. The judge let them pick the 3 best patents they had to bring to trial, and Google was found by the jury to not have infringed a single claim in any of them.

      • Isnala

        Actually there where patents involved (second phase of the trial) and the Jury found in favor of Google. I.e. didn’t infrindge on the two patents that hadn’t been thrown out/fpind invalid by the USPO.

        • mike_s123

          Yes, but the patent section was settled very early on. The part of the case which took significant time, and which the recent headline making ruling was about, involved copyright. As the judge said: “Both Oracle and Sun have applied for and received patents that claim aspects of the Java API. See, e.g., U.S. Patents 6,598,093 and 7,006,855. (These were not asserted at trial.)…it [the Java APIs at issue] cannot receive copyright protection — patent protection perhaps — but not copyright protection.”

  • NYAvsFan

    Oh snap! Maybe do a little more research before you get slapped by Google in court again Oracle.

  • Epic fail on Oracles part

    • Ya it is. Not like they have anything else goin’ on…errr wait.. :o)

  • duke69111

    That’ has to hurt a little.

  • mustbepbs
    • Ken Bosse

      ahh the sad tuba, well played

  • Horatio

    Looks like Oracle’s case made them pay…YEAHHHHHHHHH

  • John

    Sad that $300k to Oracle is like pocket change. Glad that mess has been resolved.

    • The title of this article is misleading. If you read the actual source of this info, the $300k was the cost of some expert witnesses, not the “legal defense cost”.

      • John

        Ah. Thx for the clarification.

  • chris125

    They should do this with apple too with all their BS cases.

    • Nighthawk700

      That’s exactly what I was going to suggest too.

    • Liderc

      Exactly. Even though it wouldn’t hurt them financially, I think it would go a long way to start making them pay every time they waste the courts time. If we could start putting out headlines like this against apple, they’d start thinking about how it affects their company image.

      • balthuszar

        it would hurt them financially…just not significantly…and with large companies any hit is a big hit…at least a big enough hit to make them think twice about something


      I 3rd that.

    • feztheforeigner

      That would empty their $100 billion in reserves. Not being sarcastic, with all the crap they pulled they should a lot of people a lot of money…

    • calculatorwatch

      Also, every time apple gets an injunction for some BS reason that doesn’t hold up, they should be forced to delay the release of the next iPhone for the same amount of time.

  • Boom roasted!

  • Who were the morons that claimed that this lawsuit would be the death of Android? HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • nwd1911

      It starts with an “A” and ends with a “thermonuclear war.”

      • New_Guy

        Hahahah!!! Google has been defending itself like a Jedi lately =)!

  • Lawl

  • htowngtr

    “Hah hah!” (simpsons)