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Google Sends Oracle $4 Million Legal Bill

V3 reporter Shaun Nichols
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Android and Java logosGoogle has asked Oracle to pay the $4 million legal costs it accrued as part of the Java dispute between the two.

In a court filing, originally posted by Wired, the search giant asked that Oracle pay costs including printing and copy fees, compensation for expert appointments and filing fees for both printed and electronic excerpts over the course of the case.

Much of the cost, some $2.9 million, was attributed to what Google attorneys described as "exemplification and the costs of making copies of any materials where the copies are necessarily obtained for use in the case."

Another $987,000 was demanded for what Google paid a court-appointed expert, and a $143,000 bill was given for the cost of transcripts.

While the $4 million bill wouldn't pose any significant financial damage to Oracle, the filing adds salt to Oracle's wounds following its failed attempt to win damages from Google for copyright and patent infringement.

Earlier this year, Google claimed victory in the case after a jury found the company not liable on most of the copyright infringement claims and denied all eight of Oracle's patent infringement charges.

Oracle's case was later dealt a fatal blow when the judge presiding over the case concluded that the APIs related to the copyright case couldn't actually be copyrighted, overturning what partial legal victory Oracle had in fact won.

Oracle has already indicated that it intends to challenge the ruling. At one point, Oracle sought billions in damages from Google, and turned down a $3 million plus revenues settlement offer from Google prior to the trial, prior to agreeing to $0 in damages.

This article was originally published on V3.


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