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Oracle-Google jury mulls patent claims

Oracle-Google jury mulls patent claims

The case of Oracle against Google is going into its second phase of deliberations with the jury now mulling over the verdict for Oracle's patent claims. The jury has already given a partial verdict on the copyright allegations last week. The third and final phase after patents will be a verdict on damages.

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Oracle Android argument flounders thanks to coder Judge

Oracle Android argument flounders thanks to coder Judge

Oracle has encountered an unforeseen issue in its ongoing Android Java suit against Google: a judge who himself codes, and knows the potential value of "stolen" code. Judge William Alsup challenged Oracle's lead lawyer David Boies over his suggestion that Google copied Java code so as to reduce the time that it took Android to get to market, Groklaw reports, insisting that in fact the relevant lines could be cooked up from scratch in exactly the same time. "The idea that someone would copy that when they could do it themselves just as fast," Alsup  pointed out, "it was an accident. There's no way you could say that was speeding them along to the marketplace."

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Java judge scolds Oracle for Google fair-use ruling desperation

Java judge scolds Oracle for Google fair-use ruling desperation

Oracle has been spanked by the judge in the Android Java case for flip-flopping on its demands for a jury verdict, telling the firm he won't rule on whether Google overstepped "fair use" in its code. The ongoing lawsuit was thrown into confusion earlier this week, when the jury decided it could not settle on whether Google's use of certain lines of Java code in among Android counted as fair-use or not. Oracle's legal team subsequently pressured Judge William Alsup to make a "judgment as a matter of law" himself.

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Google’s Andy Rubin claims no prior knowledge of Oracle patents

Google’s Andy Rubin claims no prior knowledge of Oracle patents

The legal back and forth between Oracle and Google continues as the trial begins the patent phase in earnest. When called to testify by the plaintiff, Google's Vice President of Mobile Andy Rubin stated that he and his team of engineers had no knowledge of the two Sun Microsystems patents that Oracle claims Android's Dalvik virtual machine violates. Rubin founded Android, Inc., which was acquired by Google in 2005. Oracle's patents were filed by Sun, which the company bought in 2010.

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Google demands Oracle Android retrial

Google demands Oracle Android retrial

The Google and Oracle case rages on, with the judge trying to move things swiftly along by moving to the second phase of the trial, which turns it focus towards any patent infringement. Google has a different plan: demand a new trial. The search company brought a formal motion last night to start a new trial regarding the alleged API infringement.

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Oracle targets Dalvik VM as Google case continues

Oracle targets Dalvik VM as Google case continues

Though the first portion of the Oracle vs Google case ended on something of a hollow victory for Oracle, the networking giant intends to plow on with its patent claims in the second section. Oracle's attorneys contend that the Dalvik virtual machine used to speed up Android's processes infringes on two of the patents that it inherited from Sun Microsystems after they purchased the company. Damages nad payments, if any are deemed necessary, will be decided in the third portion.

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Oracle vs Google suit could set dangerous API openness precedent

Oracle vs Google suit could set dangerous API openness precedent

The Google vs Oracle trial could have serious and long-lasting implications for app developers and manufacturers, experts have warned, with decisions around fair-use of APIs potentially casting coders into the morass of copyright hell. "Treating APIs as copyrightable would have a profound negative impact on interoperability, and, therefore, innovation" Julie Samuels, staff attorney at the Electronics Frontier Foundation, said of the decision. Presiding Judge William Alsup has said he will rule on whether APIs come under fair-use before the trial is out.

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Google vs Oracle: Jury torn but case plows on

Google vs Oracle: Jury torn but case plows on

Google and Oracle may be unable to decide who is the victor after the latest jury decision in the Android Java trial, but even with no clear decision on fair use the case moves on now to whether Oracle's Sun patents have been infringed. Presiding Judge Alsup accepted no delay in the momentum of the suit, shifting attention to the second phase of what is expected to be a three step process: first copyright infringement, then patents, and finally a decision on what damages - if any - are appropriate. Google, meanwhile, is demanding a mistrial based on the jury's inability to decide one way or the other.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: May 7, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: May 7, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone. Can you feel it in the air? The excitement, that is - the kind of excitement you can only get from the largest mobile trade show in the country. That's right; CTIA 2012 is kicking off and we'll have all your coverage. But today, there was another big mobile story in a very different setting - the courtroom. Google and Oracle each claim success in split Android decision. So speaking of mobile, CTIA will play host to a lot of mobile payment news. Such as - Verifone set to launch Square competitor. Check below the fold for more CTIA news, but if you're a gamer then this is also pretty big - $99 Xbox 360 with two year contract official

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Google and Oracle each claim success in split Android decision

Google and Oracle each claim success in split Android decision

Neither one nor the other: a partial verdict in the Google versus Oracle case has left uncertainty around the potential impact on Android, especially with both companies claiming the ruling works in their favor. Oracle's demands for royalties to be imposed over nine lines of code the jury deemed copied from Java in Android were promptly rejected by Judge William Alsup, describing the request as "bordering on the ridiculous." However, Alsup will also rule on whether APIs can be copyrighted, a decision that could have a huge impact on how Android licensing moves forward.

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Oracle vs Google: jury deadlocked over copyright fair use

Oracle vs Google: jury deadlocked over copyright fair use

Deliberations in the first portion of Oracle vs Google have gone on for the better part of a week, with little movement in the case. The jury reached a verdict late Monday afternoon, declaring that Google's use of Java APIs in the Android platform constituted copyright infringement. However, the jury was deadlocked over whether or not the use of these APIs counted as fair use under American copyright law. The partial verdict may not be enough for Oracle to claim damages from copyright.

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Oracle vs Google verdict to drop Monday

Oracle vs Google verdict to drop Monday

As it stands today, the jury has delivered note to the judge in the case of Oracle vs Google which says that all but one count has had a unanimous decision made on it. The case at hand has been going on for a little over a week here in the spring of 2012 and has been ramping up for over a year. Google and Oracle are certain to continue this battle with or without a full verdict into the near future as the stakes are so very high they absolutely cannot be denied.

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