With a federal jury ruling on Wednesday that Google had not infringed on two of Oracle’s Java-related patents for developing its Android mobile operating system, Google’s General Counsel Kent Walker said that the court verdict underscores a word of caution for companies filing patent-infringement lawsuits in the future.
The courtroom win for Google came after a high-profile multiphase five-week San Francisco trial with Oracle over patent as well as copyright claims pertaining to Google’s Android software.
It was in August last year that Oracle had filed a lawsuit claiming that Android had infringed Java copyrights and patents, to which Oracle acquired the rights after its 2010 takeover of Sun Microsystems.
While Oracle had originally claimed that Google has violated seven patents which protect Java technology, the number was later brought down to two when the trial commenced in April.
With the 10-member jury rebuffing Oracle’s claims and decided that Google had not infringed Oracle’s patents, Walker touted Google’s victory – which the company said was a victory for “the entire Android ecosystem” - and hailed the verdict which the jury delivered after deliberations that lasted near five days.
Pointed out that “a lot of patent cases” had been filed of late, most of them resulting in successful outcomes for plaintiffs, Walker said: "That may send a message to those who might want to do these things in the future."
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