Oracle is reportedly asking for between $1.4 billion and $6.1 billion as compensation in its lawsuit against Google for alleged patent infringement, a recent court filling revealed, Forbes (opens in new tab) reports.
Oracle filed the lawsuit last year in 2010, when it accused Google of infringing on some of its Java patents in the Android mobile operating system.
However, the initial court report refrained from disclosing the financial damages that had been claimed in the lawsuit.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup asked Google to reveal the damages to the public. Needless to say, while the order may have come as a bit of setback for Google, the Oracle camp is delighted.
Oracle had argued previously that Google was deliberately delaying the release of the potential damages.
This suit is serious because if Google loses they will have to license use of the Java technology being used in its increasingly popular OS. Since sudden, drastic changes could potentially knock Google out of the mobile market, Oracle would have an extremely strong bargaining position.
It has also been pointed out that Oracle only paid $7.4 billion to acquire Sun, the company that originally developed Java. If Oracle were to win the maximum damages it would effectively pay only $1 billion for Sun Microsystems, which would practically be a steal.