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17 June 2011, 10:45

Oracle demands billions from Google

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The legal dispute concerning Google's mobile operating system Android is heating up. Last year, Oracle filed suit for violation of patents and copyright in the use of Java for Android development. In the petition filed with the court and published on Thursday, Oracle says it has suffered billions in damages.

According to reports in the US media, Oracle is asking the US District Court in San Francisco to reject Google's request to keep certain documents confidential. Among other things, Google is calling into question an analysis conducted by an expert on behalf of Oracle cited in the firm's financial claims. Google wants to have its advertising revenue taken out of the calculation because it says this revenue does not pertain to the operating system used. Based on that analysis, Oracle says it has suffered billions in losses.

When Oracle took over Sun, it acquired the rights to the Java programming language. Oracle says it is filing suit against Google to cover its losses and to prevent further violations. The patents in dispute include 6,125,447, 6,192,476, 5,966,702 and 7,426,720.

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