Not Guilty. Finally the two words that Android fans worldwide were waiting to hear have been uttered, bringing and end to lengthy court case . After a week long deliberation the jury in California ruled in favour of Google declaring that the search giant did not infringe on Oracle’s patents with Android. Earlier this month we brought you the news that the jury had concluded that Google had infringed on 37 separate API’s. The jury has since concluded that Google adequately demonstrated that it felt it was acting within the law due to its belief that it didn’t need a license to utilise java,
The news represents a significant victory for Google who would have been set to pay damages of up to $1bn should it have been found guilty. Naturally, both firms have released statements post 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 another law suit bites the dust; Google and Android live to fight another day. Do you think we’ve heard the last of it or will Oracle by ready to launch an appeal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
The international patent debacle got a little spicy yesterday when FOSS Patents reported that Motorola Mobility had actually won a German injunction against Apple that could potentially prevent them from selling Apple products in Germany. Apple has since issued a statement confirming the injunction, but before you go getting all excited, a little bit of research reveals the outcome may not actually be as it appears.
It was last year that Oracle sued Google alleging that Google’s Android mobile operating technology infringes on Oracle’s Java patents. Oracle now feels they have a leg up on Google because of their recent purchase of Sun Microsystems, the company who owned the Java programing language. A trial date has been scheduled for October 31st but judge William Alsup said the trial will likely be postponed.
It seems that an untimely scheduling error has taken place as a unrelated ne-er-do-well is due in criminal court at the same time as the Oracle/Google case. Judge Alsup stopped short of formally vacating the October 31st trial date, but called it “unlikely.” Google feels that the entire case should be put on hold allowing for reexamination of Oracle’s patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and, of course, Oracle wants the case to move forward. After all, they are asking for $2 billion in damages.
We will be keeping tabs on when and if the case is rescheduled and will let you know as soon as we have more information.
[via reuters] [picture courtesy of gonegoogling]
On Wednesday, September 28th, T-Mobile joined forces with Verizon and filed an amicus brief in the Apple vs. Samsung case over the design of the Galaxy line of tablets and phones. The original suit was filed in April and covers seven utility patents, three design patents, several iOS app icons, and a number of design aspects of the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and product packaging. Wether or not the court would hear arguments from the two major carriers was a concern and ultimately a decision made only by the judge.
Last Friday, despite rebuttals from Apple, judge Lucy H. Koh decided that the court will in fact review the briefs submitted by Verizon and T-Mobile. Koh even denied Apple’s request to be heard in court regarding the newly approved amicus. The briefs are in Sammy’s favor and will luckily be considered during the proposed preliminary injunction in which Apple could ultimately seek to ban the import of select Samsung devices.
In the meantime, Apple and Samsung will battle in court and Koh’s decision on the injunction will follow on October 13th. It’s hard to say if Verizon and T-Mobile’s input will help to avoid the proposed injunction, but it’s nice to know that someone has Samsung’s back.
How would you feel if your precious Sammy devices were banned from entering the U.S.? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.
Wired.com has learned that Google has intervened in an ongoing intellectual property dispute between Android smartphone application developers and East Texas based patent-holding firm Lodsys. This marks the first public move by the Mountain View Company to defend Android programmers from a patent troll lawsuit that’s cast a cloud over the community.
Google says it filed a request with the United States Patent and Trademark office Friday for reexamination of two patents asserted by Lodsys. The request by Google calls for the USPTO to assess whether or not the patents’ claims are valid.
“We’ve asked the US Patent Office to reexamine two Lodsys patents that we believe should never have been issued,” Google senior vice president and general counsel Kent Walker told Wired.com in a statement. “Developers play a critical part in the Android ecosystem and Google will continue to support them.”
Lodsys is currently suing 11 smartphone app developers for allegedly impending on patents U.S. 7,222,078 and 7,620,565. Lodsys claims its patents cover the use of in-app payments technology, which allows users to carry out transactions within the context of an application itself. This technology is used by countless app developers in their applications.
Google and Oracle have long been in a legal war over Google’s “brazen” disregard for intellectual property rights. While originally Oracle sought to sue for $2.6 billion, the case has been largely dismissed in court on the basis that their case was almost entirely based on just damages. Things are looking increasingly difficult for Oracle, but they have intention of stopping.
Google is by no means in the clear, and an alternative starting point of $100 million has been proposed by Judge William Alsup. This would likely rise as damages are proven, and Google will likely owe advertising royalties by the end of all this. Still, millions are better than billions, and the whole ordeal should be considered a small win for Google as we move into October’s trial.