A jury decided earlier this summer that Google did not infringe upon Oracle’s patents, but it has now come to light that Oracle must pay $1,130,350 to Google for its steep legal fees accrued during the lengthy lawsuit and trial.
Oracle, a database software giant based in Redwood City, Calif., sued Google in August 2010, while alleging the Android operating system violated a number of patents and copyrights within Java, which Oracle acquired through Sun Microsystems. Android currently powers more than 150 million mobile devices. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., adamantly denied Oracle’s contention, and claimed the Android team was unaware of Sun’s patents before the suit.
Oracle, of course, did not succeed in landing a $6 billion settlement from Google, but it did win the responsibility of paying Google’s legal expenses. Google first asked for over $4 million, according to legal news website Groklaw, but Judge William Aslup recently reduced that amount significantly.
The Google vs. Oracle drama stretched into weeks with much interesting news unveiling along the way. Chairman Eric Schmidt gave a sarcasm-riddled testimony, and Android’s founder Andy Rubin even took the stand to reveal a slide deck with Google’s ambitions to sell 10 million Android tablets during 2011.
Judge Aslup even required both companies to reveal a list of bloggers and journalists paid for commentary during the course of the trial, in which Google admitted to using Stanford professor Mark Lemly as a commentator on unrelated cases. Oracle, on the other hand, disclosed a controversial relationship with patent guru Florian Mueller.