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Oracle Ordered To Pay Google $1 Million
As patent battles go, a $1 million payout in some circles is quite a relief. This must certainly be the thinking at Oracle after a court ordered the software maker to pay $1 million in court cost fees to Google.
The court order stems from an on-going patent battle that Oracle has been embroiled in with Google for some time now. Google made submissions in July demanding that Oracle pay nearly $4 million for costs associated with bringing certain key bits of documentary evidence before the court.
$3 million of the requested amount in Google’s estimation was to cover “fees for exemplification and the costs of making copies of any materials where the copies are necessarily obtained for use in the case.” The other million was related to “fees for printed or electronically recorded transcripts necessarily obtained for use in the case,” and “compensation of the court-appointed expert”.
In the end Judge William Alsup felt that Google was “Most egregious in its attempt to bill costs for ‘conferencing,’ ‘prepare for and participate in kickoff call,’ and communications with co-workers, other vendors, and clients. These are non-taxable intellectual efforts.”
For all the fuss Google made about courts costs, the only amount the judge felt the search giant was due, is a paltry $1 million. Receipt of this money is also not assured because Oracle, by all accounts, plans to appeal.
The battle continues.