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Judge criticizes Oracle, Google in patent dispute

July 21, 2011 |  5:33 pm

Oracle Corp. and Google Inc. squared off in a high-stakes patent battle in federal court Thursday. Damages were the focus of the hearing that Reuters described as "testy."

And U.S. District Judge William Alsup unloaded on both companies, saying each was being unreasonable.

"You're both asking for the moon," Reuters quoted Alsup as saying.

Oracle sued Google last year alleging that the Internet search giant's Android mobile software infringes on Oracle's Java patents that it acquired along with Sun Microsystems last year. Oracle estimates that the damages top $6 billion.

Google contends Oracle should get nothing, a position that Alsup called "ridiculous."

The judge said he would issue an opinion soon.

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