updated 05:50 pm EDT, Tue March 20, 2012
Oracle steered to much lower Google patent sum
Requests for Oracle to lower its damage requests in its lawsuit against Google have pushed its claims on Android damages far lower than it originally wanted. Having wanted figures that approached $2.6 billion, it has come to the view that the total damages it's owed are less than $50 million. Even when using a method that favors Oracle, the two patents and group of copyrights would claim damages of $46.6 million.
Google's modeling would have it pay $37.5 million, while Oracle when using Google's approach would go even lower at $32.3 million, although it left room for copyright damages to go higher.
The findings would all but quash Oracle's original intent to derive a major source of income from Android with both large damages and ongoing royalties for using Java code without permission. Google eventually stopped resisting the idea that it hadn't properly licensed Java, particularly after Oracle could use an incriminating e-mail showing that executives were aware, but it has been trying to keep damages to where it can make an easy, one-time payment.
The Oracle case is one of the few where Google is being sued directly over patents and copyrights. Lawsuits from Apple and Microsoft are ultimately targeting Android as well, but they have been using proxy targets like Motorola and Samsung that directly profit instead. [via GrokLaw]