Think we have a final Conclusion to the ongoing Google-Oracle Android lawsuit.Judge William Alsup of the US District Court for Northern California ruled that Google did not infringe on six claims in US Patent RE38,104, along two claims in US Patent 6,061,520, He concluded that Google did not infringe upon Oracle’s patents concerning Android.
So it’s a victory for Google but Verge is reporting that jury did find that Android did infringe Oracle’s copyrights relating to the structure, the sequence and the organization of 37 Java APIs.But the jury found that Google had infringed on only one other copyright count — the use of nine lines of rangeCheck code which could be matched with a maximum penalty of $150,000 for each count — though Judge Alsup later ruled that Google had also infringed by its use of eight Java test files in Android, adding a second minor infringement count to Google’s plate.
As I mentioned above,Oracle will receive statutory damages from Google for the rangeCheck and test file usage, a maximum of $150,000 per infringement count. Should he rule to the contrary, all three copyright infringement counts will be bundled together to be dealt with in a new trial or in an appeals court.
Judge William thanked the jurors for their hard work before they left the courtroom, noting that “this is the longest trial, civil trial, I’ve ever been in.”
Both Oracle and Google have now provided Verge with official statements in response to the verdict.
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.
Today’s jury verdict that Android does not infringe Oracle’s patents was a victory not just for Google but the entire Android ecosystem.
So the lawsuit, which dated back to 2010, when Oracle filed against Google for copyright and patent infringement related to Sun’s Java code, could be coming to a close.