San Francisco: Oracle Corp is seeking damages "in the billions of dollars" from Google Inc in a patent lawsuit over the smartphone market, according to a court filing.
The disclosure on Thursday was the first time either side publicly mentioned the cumulative scale of Oracle`s damages claims.
Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company`s Android mobile operating technology infringes Oracle`s Java patents. Oracle bought the Java programing language through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January 2010.
Some see the lawsuit as a sign of a growing business rivalry between the two companies.
The case is also part of a wider web of litigation among phone makers and software firms over who owns the patents used in smartphones and tablets, as rivals aggressively rush into a market in which Apple jump-started with iPhone and iPad.
Barring any settlements, a trial between Oracle and Google is expected to begin by November.
Google has called an Oracle damages report "unreliable and results-oriented," and asked a US judge in San Francisco to ignore it, court documents show. In disputing Oracle`s methodology, Google also asked the court to keep private some damages information Google disclosed in a court filing.
Oracle then accused Google of trying to conceal the fact Oracle`s damages claims in the case are in the billions, according to a document filed on Thursday. Oracle said it did not object to having the information about its damages become public.
Due to Oracle`s stance, US District Judge William Alsup ordered Google on Thursday to make public the damages information by Friday.
A Google representative declined to comment.
The case in US District Court, Northern District of California, is Oracle America, Inc v. Google Inc, 10-3561.