Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc.

Filing 712

ORDER REGARDING FEBRUARY 8 JOINT LETTER re #711 Letter filed by Google Inc.. Signed by Judge Alsup on February 9, 2012. (whalc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/9/2012)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 14 15 16 No. C 10-03561 WHA ORACLE AMERICA, INC., Plaintiff, v. ORDER REGARDING FEBRUARY 8 JOINT LETTER GOOGLE INC., Defendant. / 17 18 The parties have a discovery dispute arising from Dr. Ian Cockburn’s third damages 19 report. In his report, Dr. Cockburn stated that he “consulted with Dr. Mark Reinhold . . . and with 20 other Java engineers employed by Sun and now Oracle” in order to rank the importance of the 21 intellectual property in the 2006 license bundle. Dr. Cockburn named four individuals as the 22 “other Java engineers” in his report. 23 Google seeks to depose these “other Java engineers.” Oracle opposes and argues that only 24 Dr. Reinhold should be deposed. Oracle explains that only Dr. Reinhold provided information to 25 Dr. Cockburn and the “consulted with . . . other Java engineers” phrase was unfortunately the 26 result of a “drafting error.” Oracle explains that these other engineers only assisted Dr. Reinhold, 27 did not directly speak with Dr. Cockburn, and are not expected to testify at trial. 28 1 Google is hereby allowed to depose (and Oracle must make available without subpoena) 2 Dr. Reinhold and the four “other Java engineers” for a total of 14 hours of “airtime,” i.e., not 3 counting breaks, all depositions to occur over the course of two days unless counsel agree 4 otherwise. Oracle must produce at the depositions any materials used by the deponent in 5 supplying information to the expert or to Dr. Reinhold on the subjects at issue. Google may 6 allocate the 14 hours as it wishes among the five deponents, in any sequence Google wishes, and 7 may choose to eliminate one or more deponents without prejudice to its full 14 hours of “air 8 time.” 9 IT IS SO ORDERED. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 Dated: February 9, 2012. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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