It’s pretty much a footnote at this point, but U.S. Judge William Alsup just ordered Oracle to pay Google $1 million as reimbursement for Google’s share of the fees charged by a court-appointed expert in their court battle over intellectual property and Google’s Android software.
In so doing, Alsup cut through the murk of complicated and at times inconclusive jury findings to make it clear that “Google was the prevailing party in this action.” As he put it: “Oracle initially sought six billion dollars in damages and injunctive relief but recovered nothing after nearly two years of litigation and six weeks of trial.”
The judge tossed a couple of bones to Oracle, however: He declined to grant Google an additional $3 million for legal discovery fees, and he denied Google’s motion to overturn a jury’s finding that favored Oracle on some “minor” points.
Oracle is still appealing the overall case to a higher court. But Alsup closed the book on one point that created a stir last month, when he ordered both sides to disclose any payments to pundits, bloggers or others who had publicly offered opinions on the dispute. While both companies named some individuals who they said had received financial support or payment for other work, each side denied paying anyone expressly to comment on the case.
Saying he will take “no further action regarding the subject of payments by the litigants to commentators and journalists,” Alsup added: “no commentary has in any way influenced the Court’s orders and ruling herein save and except for any treatise or article expressly cited in an order or ruling.”