Oracle sues Google for $6bn over Java on Android smartphones
Google faces claims for billions of dollars for allegedly infringing Oracle’s patents in the Java programming language that the database company acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems 18 months ago.
A US district court ordered Google to reveal the extent of the damages on Friday, Reuters reported.
Oracle claimed last year that Google’s Android smartphone operating system infringes Java patents. But until now neither party had put a number on the alleged damages.
Oracle America, Inc v. Google Inc, case 10-3561, is being heard in California’s northern district court.
Update: In a subsequent report, Reuters, quoting court papers, put the figure at between $1.4bn and $6.1bn. Google said the sums claimed were out of proportion to the value of the intellectual property at issue.