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09-05-12, 12:40 PM
When Oracle sued Google in August 2010 alleging widespread infringement of Java-related copyrights and patents in Android, the company was looking for a $6 billion payout. But Oracle got nothing when a court ruled in Google's favor (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/google-wins-crucial-api-ruling-oracles-case-decimated/) in May of this year, and is now being ordered to pay $1.13 million worth of Google's court costs.

Each side likely poured millions (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/oracle-poured-millions-into-failed-patent-trial-but-will-fight-on/) or even tens of millions into the patent and copyright trial. Winning reimbursement for legal costs isn't easy, but Google has managed to pull it off, at least partially. Yesterday, Judge William Alsup of US District Court in Northern California ruled on Google's request for $4.03 million, denying $2.9 million worth of requested reimbursements but granting the rest of it.

"Oracle initially sought six billion dollars in damages and injunctive relief but recovered nothing after nearly two years of litigation and six weeks of trial," Alsup wrote in the order. "Oracle initially alleged infringement of seven patents and 132 claims but each claim ultimately was either dismissed with prejudice or found to be non-infringed by the jury. Oracle also lost on its primary copyright claim for Java APIs." As Oracle's patent allegations disintegrated, Oracle fell back on an "overreaching" and "somewhat novel" theory of copyright infringement to bolster its case, Alsup noted.

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