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Appeared on: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Google Didn't Infringe on Oracle Java Patents

Google did not infringe on any Oracle patents when it used Java software in the Android operating system, a federal jury said on Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, the same jury failed to agree on an issue in Oracle's copyright-infringement case against Google. The new verdict, reached in Federal District Court in San Francisco, leaves Oracle with a relatively small claim of copyright infringement. As a result, Google faced maximum damages of only $150,000, too far less that the millions of dollars that Oracle was seeking.

Oracle accused Google of violating Java's patent and copyright protections in developing Android.

It is not claer whether Oracle will appeal the jury's verdict.

The judge must still rule on whether or not application programming interfaces can be copyrighted.


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