When Lawyers Send Letters

Google Swears It’s Hired Zero Shills, While Oracle Continues Hollering Foul Play [UPDATED]

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Earlier this month, Judge William Alsup issued a demand for both parties in the Google v. Oracle patent dispute: Provide a list of any bloggers, journalists, or other commentators on the payroll. Paid Content reports that the two companies have now filed their responses. Google insists it has not paid anyone for positive coverage, while Oracle admitted to hiring patents blogger Florian Mueller as a “consultant on competition-related matters.”

The case itself is mostly done, with Google emerging largely victorious. At this point, the two parties are arguing over whether Oracle has to pay Google’s court costs.

Google issued this double-pinky swear: Read More

Patently Absurd

Anyone Shilling for Google and/or Oracle Might Want to ‘Fess Up Now

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These patent cases are really starting to get the goats of America’s fine judicial personalities. Back in June, Judge Richard Posner dismissed the Apple v. Motorola battle royale, saying neither could “establish a right to relief.”

Now PaidContent reports that William Alsup, who’s stuck presiding over the final stages of Oracle’s case against Google, is laying down the law on the subject of disclosures. Specifically, he wants the two companies to provide complete lists of any bloggers and/or journalists they might have on the payroll. Shady!

The order says: Read More