A report said the amount being sought now was about 10 times what had been sought originally when the case began, back in 2012. Google's parent company, Alphabet, made a profit of US$4.9 billion in the last quarter.
The estimate of damages is contained in a report by an expert hired by Oracle. The increase in the amount sought is an indication of the explosive growth of smartphones in recent years and will cover versions of Android up to Lollipop or version 5.0
The expert, James Malackowski, estimated that Oracle could have made US$475 million by licensing Java to handset makers itself. Additionally, Malackowski estimated that Oracle was due US$8.829 billion, this being its share of the profit that Google had made from Android.
Google won the original case against Oracle, which was filed by the latter in 2010. The trial began on April 16, 2012, and in the first phase, the jury concluded that while Google was guilty of copyright violation, it could not decide whether this was covered by the principle of fair use or not.
Oracle did not take this lying down and appealed. In May 2014, an appeals court reversed the ruling, saying that Oracle could indeed copyright parts of Java. A three-judge panel ruled that APIs can be copyrighted.