Google Didn't Infringe on Oracle Patents, Jury FindsGoogle just scored a massive win today. After an incredibly lengthy trial that had even the judge exasperated, the jury found the Google did not, in fact, infringe on Oracle’s patents. That was the crux of Oracle’s case.
The infringement part of the trial ranged over four cases of infringement related to two patents: RE38,104 and 6,061,520. With none of the cases going through, all the steam has been let out of the bag that was an enraged Larry Ellison. We still have to see what damages are awarded for the 9 lines of code that Google was found guilty of improperly using, but the judge even mentioned that they shouldn’t expect more than a few hundred thousand for it.
Humorously, the judge even learned to do a little programming and once quipped that even he could write the infringing RangeCheck function. So Oracle will be lucky if they get even that much. Oracle really needed at least one case of infringement to earn any serious damages.
For a case that started with Oracle asking for over a billion from Google, this has got to be a frustrating conclusion.
As always, court cases go slowly. We’ll have to wait a bit longer to learn the intimate details, but The Verge is updating live from the court room, so they are your best bet for up to date information on the trial.
Hopefully this means that Google’s luck is changing. The company has been the focus of a fair amount of patent lawsuits recently, and several hardware vendors have been harassed with lawsuits and even shipment seizures. With this win, perhaps Google can finally go on the offensive and start scoring some strategic victories.