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Smartphone war: Oracle seeks billions from Google

Oracle is seeking between $1.4 billion (Rs 6,300 crore) and $6.1 billion (Rs 27,450 crore) in a patent lawsuit against Google over the lucrative smartphone market, according to a court filing.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2011 00:40 IST

Oracle is seeking between $1.4 billion (R6,300 crore) and $6.1 billion (R27,450 crore) in a patent lawsuit against Google over the lucrative smartphone market, according to a court filing.

Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the web search company's Android mobile operating technology infringes upon Oracle's Java patents. It claims Google “actively and knowingly” violated seven Java patents as well as copyrighted material related to the Java platform.

Oracle bought the Java programming language through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January 2010.

Google denied any infringement and asked the court to declare Oracle’s patents invalid.

A US judge this week ordered Google to make public parts of a court filing that contains details about Oracle’s damage claims. Google complied with that order on Friday, and revealed the damages range sought by Oracle.

Google disputes the Oracle damages amount in the court filing, calling it “a breathtaking figure that is out of proportion to any meaningful measure of the intellectual property at issue”.

Representatives for both companies did not respond to a request for comment.