Last month Oracle declined to receive any statutory damages after the disappointing results in its infringement lawsuit against Google, but the search giant let it be known it wanted Oracle to cover its legal costs. This week Google counsel Robert Van Nest made good on the promise, filing an official request that Oracle reimburse the company for over $4 million in costs that it incurred over the course of the trial. The number covers transcripts, expert witness compensation, and more than $2.9 million just for collecting and copying documents. Given the nature of the expenses, it's an imposing figure — made even more so by the fact that Oracle has gained no monetary compensation whatsoever for its efforts thus far.
According to the filing, Google collected over 97 million documents as evidence for the case, and produced over 20 million pages of written documents itself. That said, it's important to remember that this is simply an ask at this point — Judge William Alsup has yet to rule on Google's request — and unless he completely agrees with Google's status as the overall "prevailing party" and the reasonableness of the outlined costs Google may have a hard time recovering the full $4,030,669 it is requesting.