Jury Decides in Favor of Google in Oracle’s Lawsuit

Posted on 03 Jun 2012 at 4:26pm

Jury Decides in Favor of Google in Oracle’s Lawsuit

Oracle filed a lawsuit against Google, saying that the search giant had violated their patent rights in the development of Android mobile operating system. The complaint has now been rejected by a federal jury, which examined the case.

Google’s management is satisfied with the decision. “Today’s jury verdict that Android does not infringe Oracle’s patents was a victory not just for Google but the entire Android ecosystem,” a statement from Google says, as reported on wired.com.

Oracle, on the other hand, is still claiming that their intellectual property rights have been infringed and they would not let Google do this. “Oracle presented overwhelming evidence at trial that Google knew it would fragment and damage Java. We plan to continue to defend and uphold Java’s core write once run anywhere principle and ensure it is protected for the nine million Java developers and the community that depend on Java compatibility,” Oracle’s statement says, as reported by the same wired.com article.

Google has gained from the case in terms of the popularity of its product, as it has not been considered illegal.

Lawsuits are a common thing among the companies. They are filed either for genuine complaints and even sometimes to damage the reputation of their competitors. In the information technology industry, products and services have a greater risk of getting stolen and therefore the newer applications are usually kept under strict control. Patents are a way to help any company to have the property rights for their application or service. Their violation by any other player is therefore countered by the lawsuits.

In case of Oracle, their allegation has not given any advantage to them; instead, given the benefit to the other party. And after this decision, Oracle might suffer negative response in the industry. For the time being, Oracle’s management is showing determination to continue with the allegation at Google and claim that their filing was based on real facts. The company might take any step further to fight the case.