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Google wins patent judgement over Oracle

23 May 2012
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Google has claimed victory in the second phase of its high-profile legal battle with Oracle.

A US federal court jury ruled that the company did not infringe on Oracle patents with its use of Java components in its Android platform. The jury found against Oracle in each of the eight claims its was asked to assess.

The ruling brings an end to second phase in the two companies' ongoing battle over the use of Java code in the Android platform. Oracle had previously won a partial victory on the matter of copyright infringement, though the jury remained split on other elements of the case.

While the decision brings an end to the jury phase of the trial, the battle between Oracle and Google looks far from over. A number of issues remain to be resolved and appeals from both sides are likely.

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

At the time of publishing Oracle had yet to respond to a request for comment.

According to Florian Mueller, an intellectual property expert and activist who has closely followed the case, the patent portion of the trial represented a far less important phase than the copyright matter.

"It would have been desirable, but less than secondary, for Oracle to prevail on its patent claims," Mueller wrote in a blog posting.

"Oracle itself made this set of priorities perfectly clear when it offered in mid-January to stay, or dismiss without prejudice, all of its patent claims in favour of a near-term copyright trial."

Mueller said that the next key step in the case will likely be a decision from the judge regarding copyright eligibility in a number of Java APIs.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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