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Oracle Seeks 'Billions' From Google

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Oracle (ORCL) is seeking billions of dollars in damages in the patent suit it's filed against Google (GOOG).

According to a Reuters report, Oracle is claiming that Google's Android operating system infringes on patents related to Java programming technology that Oracle owns through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in late January 2010.

The Reuters report cited a new court filing in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

"The Java software platform is central to this action," Oracle said in the original court filing related to the lawsuit, which was launched shortly after the Sun deal was completed. "The patents at issue claim improvements to the Java technology."

Google has claimed that Oracle's damages report is "unreliable and results-oriented," while Oracle has accused Google of attempting to hide the fact that Oracle's proper damages are in the billions, Reuters said.

The trial related to the suit is expected to begin in November.

Oracle shares closed at $30.80, down 1.16%, as Google trades were flat at $500.37, down 0.5% on Thursday.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.



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