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Oracle Wants $2.6 Billion From Google in Patent Case

Software giant Oracle says it wants $2.6 billion in damages from the search giant Google for the use of patents it says Google is infringing by using them in the Android mobile operating system.

Oracle sued in August saying Android infringes on a bunch of patents related to Java, the programming language that Oracle became the owner of when it acquired Sun Microsystems. The amount comes in a new filing in the case (below, courtesy the Foss Patents Blog which goes into a lot more detail here). Last week word came that Oracle was seeking “billions” but we didn’t know a specified amount.

Oracle has said that Sun had offered Google reasonable licensing terms, but that Google chose to press ahead with Android without a license. For its part, Google has said that Oracle’s estimate of damages is based on incorrect assumptions and is therefore out of whack. Looks like the judge is going to have rule on this one.

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