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Judge Moves to Kill Third Round of Google v. Oracle (wired.com)
19 points by llambda 1904 days ago | hide | past | web | 4 comments | favorite

I've only followed this case at a bit of a distance, but it seems to me that Judge William Alsup is a fantastic jurist, and very amusing at that.

In what I have seen, it looks like he has been extremely fair, and is generally not ok with bullshit from either side. For a case that could have such big implications, its refreshing to see.

Essentially the damages on copyright are now approaching 'statutory' damages, and not punitive damages or portions of profits from infringement. This was a risk Oracle took when going to a jury trial, and now Judge Alsup will hold them to it.

On the patents side, clearly Google has not knowingly infringed - which would be treble damages. The court has also got expert reports which talk about how much the infringement's upper bound is.

So there is not much for the jury to do in terms of determining the actual damages to be paid out, since on the one hand they are statutory damages, and on the other there are only two patents still in play, and once the jury rules on the patents, the judge can determine the damages.

"Google agreed with [Judge] Alsup, but it has not officially filed a motion asking him to truncate the trial, and this means the judge is not yet in a position to rule on the matter."

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