Whew! Google Exonerated in Oracle Patent Dispute

(Ping! Zine) – Oracle wholeheartedly believed that Google had infringed some of its Java-related patents when crafting mobile OS Android. Oracle’s first inclination was to sue the top online search engine operator, a tech case that received notable media coverage. Now the verdict is out and Google has something to be happy about.

According to a Reuters report, the jury in the trial has found that Google did not violate patent laws regarding Oracle’s technology. The trial was held on the federal court level in San Francisco, California.

“Today’s jury verdict that Android does not infringe Oracle’s patents was a victory not just for Google but the entire Android ecosystem,” commented Google representative Jim Prosser in a report from the Washington Post.

The trial’s conclusion follows a report earlier this month that indicated the jury was initially split on whether Google had violated the patents. Google has long maintained that ideas used in its creation of Android fell under a fair use exception.

The two sides had tried to reach a past settlement regarding the dispute, but nothing came to fruition. Oracle had been seeking nearly $1 billion in damages. Java became part of Oracle’s company portfolio when the company purchased Sun Microsystems in 2009.