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Oracle wants $2.6bn in damages from Google in its case against Android, which Larry Ellison's company claims infringes Java patents it owns.

Oracle claims the figure is based on the $200m per year that it claims Google stands to make from Android over a 10-year period.

The number itself is the work of Boston University professor of finance and economics Iain Cockburn, who was hired by Oracle to calculate damages it says Google owes.

In an earlier court filing Oracle had held off giving the precise number saying simply it was seeking "billions of dollars" in damages.

Google had filed a request with the court asking that it be allowed to file a Daubert Motion against Cockburn's evidence, calling it "unreliable, misleading, and inappropriate for presentation to the jury." The court has granted Google's request.

According to Oracle, defending Cockburn's work, Google had falsely claimed Cockburn was owed "anywhere from $1.4 to $6.1bn in damages." Cockburn's analysis, Oracle claimed: "Is patently reasonable and well-grounded in fact, law, and economics. Google may dispute certain factual premises and assumptions employed by Prof. Cockburn, but those disputes do not provide a basis for a Daubert motion."

You can read the full text of Oracle's repost to Google here. ®

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