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23 May 2012, 15:34

Jury still out at Oracle vs Google trial

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The trial over alleged copyright and patent violations in Google's Android operating system, which was brought by Oracle and is ongoing at the US District Court in San Francisco, has been slowed by the jury's extended deliberations. With the actual proceedings concerning the patent issues having been concluded, the judge and both parties are now awaiting the jury's decision as to whether Google has infringed the two Oracle patents left in the case.

As Groklaw reports, recent notes from the jury questioned if an earlier testimony was admissible as evidence and included a question of whether Oracle's patent RE38,104 covers symbolic resolution in the data fields as part of its claim. In both cases, Google's and Oracle's lawyers could not agree on an answer and Judge William Alsup ruled on it himself. If the jury is still deadlocked after today's court proceedings, the judge has decided that the case will be paused for a long weekend because of "family reasons" of his own.

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