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Oracle Wants Billions from Google Suit

It doesn’t want the court to file its “bill,” so to speak, under seal like Google wants it to

Oracle is demanding billions of dollars in damages from its patent and copyright suit over Google's alleged misuse of Java in Android and it wants the world to know that it's demanding billions of dollars in damages from its patent and copyright suit over Google's alleged misuse of Java in Android.

It doesn't want the court to file its "bill," so to speak, under seal like Google wants it to.

According to patent watcher Florian Mueller, Oracle claims Google has been way too scissor-happy redacting documents and that Google's trying to hide information that isn't even confidential, let alone sensitive, such as the price Oracle paid for Sun, leaving the reading public with an "erroneous or distorted descriptions of the facts" and "misrepresentations" - like the depiction that Google's expert used a 50% royalty rate in his calculation - like the press reported - and "any and all references to the fact that Oracle's damages claims in this case are in the billions of dollars."

As Florian probably rightly figures Google is worried the numbers will spook the Android ecosystem.

The judge immediately agreed with Oracle: Google must file its damages précis Friday June 17 at the latest in the public record.

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