Just last week, the judge presiding over the case between Oracle and Google found the Google was innocent of the charges against them for patent infringement. That’s not the news we’ve got in this particular article. No, this time, the news is that the same judge also ordered Oracle to completely reimburse Google’s legal fees. The story goes a little something like this: Oracle brought their suit to the court system not once, not twice, but three separate times. Judge William Alsup didn’t like this, and even accused Oracle outright of wasting the court’s time. He said that Oracle could only bring the suit back the third time on the condition that Oracle repay Google any fees associated with coming back to court.
The total in damages, according to Google spokesman Jim Prosser, came to over $300,000. That’s alot of dough, folks, whether you’re a huge corporation or not. Also, keep in mind, having the reputation of whining to the courts so much that you’re told to pay lost funds back to the defendant? That’s pretty embarrassing, and will likely tarnish Oracle’s image for a long time to come. It should also be noted that Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger declined to comment.
If you want to take a look at the official court documents, they can be found here. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.
EDIT: The total given to Google was not a complete reimbursement of fees, but rather a portion of it as pertaining to the third revision of the suit.