Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Oracle - Google trial sees Google found innocent of patent infringement

In what appears to be the finale to the Oracle - Google trial, a jury has returned a verdict in the patent infringement phase of the case, finding that the Internet giant did not infringe upon Oracle's patents with Android.

In question were infringement counts on eight different claims across two separate patents: RE38,104 and 6,061,520.

Last week, the same jury found in favor of Oracle in terms of copyright infringement on certain parts of the Java programming language. However, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether the copyright infringement was covered under fair use, which meant that verdict was rendered inconsequential.

With that decision from last week, and this one, the jury was sent home. There is no need for a damages phase in connection with the patent portion of the trial, and the jury hung on the question of fair use, which U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup will decide, beginning next week.

"Fair use" would allow Google to make limited use of the copyrighted material. To be sure, the infringed upon elements were not huge sections of Java code.

Google said the following in an email statement: “Today’s jury verdict that Android does not infringe Oracle’s patents was a victory not just for Google but the entire Android ecosystem."

Oracle wasn't quite so happy: ”Oracle presented overwhelming evidence at trial that Google knew it would fragment and damage Java. We plan to continue to defend and uphold Java’s core write once run anywhere principle and ensure it is protected for the nine million Java developers and the community that depend on Java compatibility."

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