A federal court in San Francisco reported it had came to a partial judgement in the lawsuit filed by Oracle accusing the internet giant, Google, of taking their technology without permission for the well-known Android smartphone. Still in the process of coming to a certain decision, the hearing will continue in the future for further investigations and the jury was sent home.
In the lawsuit, Oracle says Android operating system of Google replicated components of the Java programming language created by Sun Microsystems, a company acquired by Oracle in January 2010 for $7 billion. The lawsuit states infractions of patents and copyrights and wants to fine Google for millions of dollars in damages, which may involve rights on tablets and smartphones.
As a defense, Google asserts that its own Java versions doesn’t copy the technology of Oracle but rather had taken the identical ideas, which can not be copyrighted, plus incorporated with their own engineering components.
But Larry Ellison, Oracle chief executive, claimed that Google is the sole firm which utilizes Java software without a license or paying to acquire one. The internet giant countered that Sun Microsystems approved the use of the software but only questioned about it after Oracle scrapped the plans for a competitive smartphone.
In the first stage of the trial, the focus was on Oracle’s statement of copyright infringement by Google, and the second stage will follow in the next trial which is scheduled next week. In this stage, the investigations will focus more on the patents.
Just after a week of deliberations and 2 weeks of testimonies, the head of the jury told William Alsup, the U.S. District Judge, that the 12 jurors had all agreed on the three copyright-related issues out of four and still at a deadlock on the remaining problems.