Oracle v. Google – Update

by Andrew J
Two weeks ago I talked about Oracle suing Google for patent infringement and copyright infringement. Their first trial lead the judge to presume that Google was guilty for copyright infringement for their use of java code. However, everything has now changed. Google went for a mistrial. During this mistrial, a federal judge who recently presided over the six-week Oracle v. Google trial ruled that the structure of the Java API’s that Oracle was trying to assert can’t be copyrighted at all.

A couple days ago, a ten-person jury found that Google also did not infringe on two Java-related patents that Oracle had used to sue Google. With both losses from Oracle, it does not look like Oracle will gain anything at all. The six-week old trial has already seen a mistrial appeal from Google, and Google won. Oracle to in return administer another comeback and ask for a mistrial for the patent infringement.

Oracle is just wont relent on something that it, to the judges, clearly seems to be wrong in. As if they were not already seen this way, they are now even more seen as a company just wanted to cash in on the success of Google and its Android platform. I’m wondering at the end of all the trials, will Oracle gain anything? They would have spent millions on legal fees and Google can in turn ask for Oracle to pay for its legal fees. This could be a complete backfire on Oracle that could really hurt the company’s stock value. Leadership change may be coming at Oracle.


Mullin, Joe. 23, May, 2012. arstechnica. Oracle v. Google: no patent infringement found.