Oracle reduces damages to "hundreds of millions", drops patent in Android lawsuit

Oracle reduces damages to
According to legal news website Groklaw, Oracle suffered a 1-2 punch last week that will leave them scrambling to recover as they pick up the scraps of their lawsuit against Google’s Android operating system.

First, Oracle withdrew their ‘476 patent from the case, the patent that the USPTO deemed invalid back in December. Google had already asked for permission to file for summary dismissal of the patent in light of the USPTO’s actions, and Oracle apparently did not see any light at the end of that tunnel, so they withdrew it from the case.

Second, and perhaps more damning, Oracle’s third damages report (the judge found that the first two to be intentionally inflated beyond reason) was filed, and completely undermines the astronomical figures that Oracle had been touting through the latter half of 2011. Rather than the $5-6 billion dollars that Oracle bandied about in the first two damage reports, in this one their own damages expert found that the patents were worth at most worth $57.1 million in damages, while the copyright was worth at most $169 million.

For those of you without calculators handy, that is $226 million in damages - as a best case scenario - from Oracles’ own damages report. To put that in perspective, it’s about 4% of the damages Oracle tried to claim last year. And that’s presuming they win, which doesn’t appear certain at all at this point. Google is still objecting to these numbers, and has filed a counter-report claiming that Oracle's math is still “riddled with fatal errors” that inflate the numbers.

So in short, things continue to turn sour for Oracle’s attack on Android. It’s down to 5 patents (which are also under review by the USPTO), questionable application of copyright to APIs, and a best-case-scenario of $226 million in damages. Which isn’t chump change, but it also isn’t an amount that Google couldn’t afford to write a check for.

Oracle’s only serious hope for a big paycheck now is if they can get an injunction against Android – the threat of stopping all Android distribution would certainly give Oracle the upper hand – but as the damage amount falls and more IP is thrown out or called into question, that eventuality appears less and less likely.

source: Groklaw via 9to5Google

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20 Comments

1. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

lol i remember ''certain'' people were saying oracle would be the death of android

2. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Replace "certain" with "iPhreaks"?

3. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Or just "idiots".

5. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

is 'idiots' registered by apple ?

6. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

It is, right behind lemming.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it is if you capitalize the D and put the copywrite logo on it. iDiot© lolz

11. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

LAWL @ the copyright! Hurry up and patent it before Apple does!

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I remember certain ppl saying the iPhone on Verizon would be the death of Android. I also remember certain ppl saying in 2 years Android would be no more....that was in 2010... Those ppl and their wild fantasies... I also remember on Engadget iFans were having a field day talking about the end of Android..wonder what ther are saying now...

18. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I remember every phone launched after the original iPhone came out was going to be "The iPhone Killer".

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yes....that hasnt happened either... lol. So the fanboys, fanatics need to just chill and enjoy what ever phone they like...

4. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

hopefully this will all be done with by next year

7. fanboy

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 07, 2011

co-sign

8. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Haha dumb ass trying to get a pay day not gonna happen

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oracle is even higher on the list of patent trolls than Apple, because they bought out Sun, which was more than happy to let google use their code for free, in order to cash in on Android's success. Furthermore, they did a good job of hiding evidence which pointed to Sun's benevolent attitude.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

very true. imwaiting for oracle to have to adjust the suite again to "tens of dollars in damages " lol

16. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

I hate Oracle. My mom worked for Sun in Foster City. I live within a brick's throw of their main office in Redwood Shores.

14. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

Oracle is the Crackhead of patent lawsuits. "I want $150,000. But we can settle out court, for $20." - Ezel

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

LMAO!!! I wonder how many ppl will get this...

17. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

"Aw, I'm suing y'all. Oh, I'm hurt. Oh, my neck, my back, my neck and my back. Oh! I want $150,000, but we can settle out of court right now for twenty bucks." "Man, get your punk ass up. It ain't even wet over here. Damn."

19. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Lmao classic

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