Google vs. Oracle patent phase finishes today


The legal teams representing both Google and Oracle will be presenting their closing arguments for the second phase of the case which aims to determine whether Google infringed on Oracle’s copyright when the Android OS was developed.

Oracle has already won a few small victories but the case has not developed as they had hoped. The jury in the first phase of the trial found that Google had infringed on Oracle’s Java copyrights but were unable to come to a conclusion as to whether Google could be held liable for using the API.

Oracle lawyers have asked for the next phase of the trial, intended to award damages to the company if any, to be delayed until the air had been cleared until the questions raised in the first portion were retried. The judge in the case denied the request, saying that the company must either accept damages on the existing rulings that have gone in its favour or a judicial decision that will be capped at $150,000 per infringement.

The issue of whether an API can be subject to copyright is still up in the air, with Google and Oracle arguing against and for the idea respectively.

Source: Ars Technica


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