Jury rules that Google does not infringe Oracle’s patents
The jury of the Oracle vs. Google court-case has unanimously decided that Google does not and did not violate Oracle’s patents. This is a great “victory not just for Google but the entire Android ecosystem,” said Google.
At the U.S District court of California, the jury decided that Google did not infringe on six claims in U.S. Patent No. RE38,104 as well as two claims in U.S. Patent No. 6,061,520. These patents revolve around Oracle’s Java script. The jury had a few questions in the last few days of the trial, which once answered resulted in the verdict being in Google’s favour.
In particular, the jury was mostly interested in what legal meaning particular words meant. This covered ”simulating execution of the code,” as well as the ”method and system for performing static initialization.” After receiving clarification from Oracle’s counsel, the jury unanimously supported Google.
This particular trial started mid-April, with Oracle first suing Google in 2012. Judge William Alsup’s closing statement being that it is the longest civil trial he had been a part of. Alsup will also be deciding on a related copyright issue with the case, which is yet to be resolved. You can see the patent verdict below:
The proceedings will be moving forward starting next Tuesday.