Google vs. Oracle phase 2 complete, phase 3 cancelled

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Last week legal counsel for both Google and Oracle presented their closing arguments for the second phase of the trial that was to determine whether Google infringed on Oracle’s patents when creating the Android operating system. The results are finally in as a jury has unanimously found Google not guilty of six cases of infringement on US Patent RE38,104 and two case of infringement on US Patent 6,061,520.

As a result of the verdict the third, damages portion of the trial has been cancelled since the jury has effectively decided that Oracle isn’t due any cash. Google said in a statement that “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 said in an emailed statement, “”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.”

The proceedings are not quite over however and will resume next week Tuesday.

Source: CNET

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