Google ordered to reveal 'financial ties' with 'commentators' on patent dispute with Oracle
London, Aug. 22 (ANI): Internet search giant Google has been ordered, for a second time, to reveal its financial ties to people who commented about its recent legal dispute with American tech giant Oracle Corp.
A U.S. judge claimed that the search giant had "failed to comply" with the original deadline that had been issued and has now given the firm until 24 August to file details.
He said that Google should list any consultant, contractor, vendor or employee it had paid who were known to be a "commenter", adding that the firm only needed to list organisations it had given money to, if it knew they employed people who had written or spoken about such matters.
"Google need only disclose those commenters that can be identified after a reasonably diligent search. It suggests that it has paid so many commentators that it will be impossible to list them all. Please simply do your best but the impossible is not required. Oracle managed to do it," BBC quoted the judge, as saying.
For its part, Oracle named patent consultant and blogger Florian Mueller and Stanford law professor Paul Goldstein, the report said.
The original trial in San Francisco had centred on Oracle's claim it had been owed about 1 billion dollars in compensation for Google's use of its technologies in the Android system, but the jury had ruled that the patents involved had not been breached, it added. (ANI)
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