A U.S. federal court jury ruled this week that Google did not infringe upon any of the claims of Oracle's patents with its use of Java components in its Android platform. The jury found against Oracle in each of the eight claims it was asked to assess.
The verdict came unanimously as jurors in the Google vs. Oracle trial found six claims in U.S. Patent RE38,104, including two claims in U.S. Patent number 6,061,520, did not infringe.
Before this trial started, it had already become crystal clear that the copyright part of the case was going to be the important one, not the patents.
"It would have been desirable -- but less than secondary -- for Oracle to prevail on its patent claims," Muller wrote in a FOSS patents blog. "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 favor of a near-term copyright trial." This just didn't happen because Judge Alsup wanted to ensure that all claims be adjudicated together. But the mere fact that Oracle officially made such an offer shows that the importance of the patent part of the case is very, very limited," FOSS papten.
"Going forward, the attention will again shift to copyright, with Judge Alsup working hard on his decision on the copyrightability of the structure, sequence and organization of the 37 asserted Java APIs," Muller said.
Before dismissing the jury, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court of Northern California announced he would decide a related copyright issue next week, with final proceedings scheduled to resume May 29.
"[The] 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.
In a statement Oracle's said, "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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