Oracle America Inc vs Google Inc Java patents infringement case

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Plaintiff: Oracle America Inc., Defendant: Google Inc., Court: United States District Court at Northern District of California Case: No. C-10-03561-WHA (DMR)

Here are few important points related to the case.

On July 21, 2011, the Court conducted a telephonic hearing and granted in part and denied in part, request to take additional depositions.

  • Court allowed deposition of Larry Page, CEO of Google, for a maximum of two hours, excluding breaks, solely on topics relevant to the willfulness of Defendant’s alleged patent infringement, and the value of Android to Defendant.
  • The plea to depose Dipchand Nishar, former employee of Google, was rejected. Google countered that
    • Nishar was 'not a major player' with respect to Android or Google’s mobile business.
    • Documents do not clearly tie Mr. Nishar to the joint presentations and that Oracle has already had ample opportunity to depose Mr. Rubin about the joint presentations.
  • Bob Lee, Senior Software Engineer. Oracle was granted to depose Mr. Lee for a maximum of two hours, excluding breaks, solely on topics relevant to the willfulness of Defendant’s alleged patent infringement.
  • Tim Lindholm, former Sun employeee, worked with Google since 2004. Court granted him to be deposed for a maximum of two hours, excluding breaks, solely on topics relevant to the willfulness of Defendant’s alleged patent infringement.

Related Cases / Referred Cases

  • Affinity Labs. of Tex. v. Apple, Inc., No. C 09-4436 CW, 2011 WL 1753982, at *15 (N.D. Cal. May 9, 2011) (detailing factors required to perform 'apex deposition')
  • Websidestory, Inc. v. Netratings, Inc., No. C 06-408, 2007 WL 1120567, at *2 (S.D. Cal. Apr.6,

2007))

Related Acts / Rules

  • Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(a)(2)(A)(i); Rule 30 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure