News by Dan Seifert on Thursday September 22, 2011.
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In the ongoing case between Oracle and Google over alleged patent infringement in the Android operating system, Oracle has lowered its damages request to $2 billion. Previously, Oracle was asking for upwards of $6.1 billion in its complaint.
Oracle claims that Android infringes on patents that it owns for Java technology, and that Google willfully violated the patents when it developed the Android smartphone operating system. Oracle's original complaint for $6.1 billion in damages was thrown out by a judge in July. According to Business Week, Google has argued that Oracle's new estimate includes $1.2 billion worth of damages for 2012 alone, which Google claims is not supported by evidence.
The two companies have not been able to come to an agreement without trial, despite having various face-to-face meetings. A trial has been set for October.
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