Judge skewers Oracle attorney for revealing Google, Apple trade secrets [Update]

31 10 2016
UPDATE 4:52pm PDT: The judge presiding over the case on Friday neither held Oracle’s attorney in contempt nor issued any sanctions. Instead, the judge ruled that issuing such an order would be “heavy handed.” (PDF) The judge ordered that Oracle would have to pay for Google’s expenses in its successful bid to seal the transcript of the lawyer’s courtroom disclosure—an amount that will be determined later.


The federal judge who presided over the Google-Oracle API copyright infringement trial excoriated one of Oracle’s lawyers Thursday for disclosing confidential information in open court earlier this year. The confidential information included financial figures stating that Google generated $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profits from the Android operating system in the wake of its 2008 debut. The Oracle attorney, Annette Hurst, also revealed another trade secret: Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to include Google search on iPhones.


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