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Google Android Didn’t Infringe Oracle Patents, Jury Says

Publication Date: 
May 23, 2012
Business Week - Bloomberg
Karen Gullo

Lecturer Brian J. Love gave his perspective on the final decision in Oracle Corp. v. Google Inc. Karen Gullo of Business Week - Bloomberg filed the following report:

Google Inc. (GOOG) (GOOG), the largest Web search provider, didn’t infringe Oracle Corp. (ORCL) (ORCL)’s patents in developing Android software, a federal jury found in the second phase of an intellectual-property trial in San Francisco.

The 10-person jury ruled unanimously today that neither of the two patents at issue was infringed. Jurors found May 7 that Google infringed Oracle’s copyrights and deadlocked on whether it was “fair use,” denying Oracle the ability to seek as much as $1 billion in damages from the search engine company. Last year Oracle said copyright damages could amount to $6 billion.


The patent phase of the trial was less important than the copyright issues because the patents were worth much less, said Brian Love, an intellectual-property attorney and teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. Still, the jury finding today underscored how the trial went against Oracle, he said.

“This case is maybe something like a near disaster for Oracle,” Love said in a phone interview.


“That potentially is not enough to cover what they are spending over a couple of days” in legal fees during the trial, Love said.


Handing patent cases to juries is “always a mixed bag,” Love said.