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Jury Finds that Android Does Not Infringe on Oracle Patents

Chalk up another win for Google and Android. Today, the jury in what a judge called the “longest civil trial” he had been a part of, decided that Google did not infringe on Oracle’s patents. This marks an end to a painful process that saw the likes of Andy Rubin and Larry Page take the stand to defend their use of Java in Android.

Feel free to cheers your phone this afternoon at happy hour.

Via:  CNET

Cheers duke69111!

  • All is right with the world. today.

  • dsass600

    Oracle… GTFO!!!

  • Woot!

  • New_Guy

    First the Moto acquisition is approved and now this!

    I’m calling Google “Butter” because it’s on a roll baby!!!

  • romma


  • Hm. Didn’t anyone read the story from May 7 about Oracle winning the copyright case? (it’s linked inside the text of the CNET story at the bottom of the above DL blog post) Google is filing for mistrial, but it still may be that Google needs to get a license from Oracle. So, unfortunately, this story is not yet over.

    • That was for a grand total of 9 lines and some test files that weren’t actually installed on any phones. the judge still has to rule whether APIs are copyright-able but there’s no way he can rule that they are without destroying the software industry as we know it.

      • Okay, but does /he/ (the judge) know that?

  • Palmer Nyako


  • Bob
    • calculatorwatch

      This is actually pretty interesting. For those not wanting to click a random link it’s an article about how the judge for this case is a programmer and so he basically knew that Oracle’s claims were BS. We NEED more judges like this that actually understand technology and are capable of making informed decisions, instead of some technologically inept person trying to learn everything about the situation from the prosecution and defense.

      • Muzicman

        But even if the judge is tech savvy, the jury is probably not. So how could they truly judge the case? Did the lawyers break it down into non laymen terms for them? They could easily BS the jury either way.

  • quick everyone PHONE FIVE! <- put it in all caps so you know I meant it

  • calculatorwatch

    Could someone clarify this whole Oracle thing for me? So basically Sun Microsystems made java and wanted everyone to use it, and then Oracle bought them out just so they could sue everyone using java. Is that about right? Sounds like some bullscheisse to me

    • Cliff Wynne

      thats about right

    • Droidzilla

      You got it right. Sun was stoked about Google using a VM for Android; even bragged about it. Oracle thought that Sun’s patent protfolio would be a money-generating asset, so they bought them. Oracle sold its board on the idea that the money they would get from Sun patent suits would outweigh the cost of purchasing Sun. Didn’t quite pan out that way, and I bet Oracle heads are gonna roll!

      Google: 1
      Patent Trolls: 0

      • jaredgreenwald

        You make it sound like Oracle bought Sun to be a patent troll, which is absolutely not the case. So many more things like hardware and virtualization to name just two.

        • Every piece of software that Oracle sells relies on Java, so being the one that owns Java is huge; otherwise someone else could have done to Oracle what oracle tried to do to Google.

          • jaredgreenwald

            I don’t even know where to begin with how wrong this is. Do you even know what Oracle is most known for?

        • Droidzilla

          There were other benefits to purchasing Sun, but not for the price they did. It was a pretty obvious, patent troll move.

          • I’m not sure Patent trolling was their original intention. Some of the evidence presented at trial showed that Oracle realized the future was in mobile and they were looking into creating a JavaPhone. Once they realized they had no clue where to start and that they missed the boat they sued Google to try and get a piece of the action while they could

          • New_Guy

            Agreed. Did a research paper in my MBA program about the purchase, and yeah, patent-trollism for sure.

          • michael

            oracle’s stock just dropped today, based on outcome. How long till Oracle goes to the appeal process I wonder?

          • feztheforeigner

            It’s somewhat similar to Google buying Motorola for patents. There other obvious benefits but they did it almost entirely for the patents.

            The difference is Google is buying Motorola to protect companies and Oracle did it to attack companies.

          • Droidzilla

            And intent makes all the difference.



  • Cliff Wynne

    Dear Oracle… bite me…

  • a new customer can go to sprint or verizon and buy a new nexus thats running 4.0.4, and we who have put with this pos for almost 6 months cant get 4.0.4, hows that for taking care of your customers

    • What does that have to do with anything in this article? If you read DL and have had a Nexus for 6 months, then stfu and flash a custom ROM on it.

      • Agreed. Serious question here…. If not for it being an unlockable, vanilla phone… why did you decide to purchase the Galaxy Nexus?

        • I personally have a Rezound. Not sure if you were asking me or Joe, lol.

          • It was directed to the other guy… I guess I responded to your comment because I agreed lol

      • I know it has nothing to do with this article,just thought I would let you all know just how much verizon sucks

    • I can see how this relates to the topic in discussion….

    • BTLS

      Keep on smashing that Check Now button bitches!!!

      • Muzicman61

        I’ve smashed it 10 times a day for the last 10 days. It doesn’t help. 🙂

  • RedPandaAlex

    You get nothing! You lose! Good day sir!

    • Great movie.

    • Joefus

      I’ll get even with him if its the last thing I’ll ever do. If Slugworth wants a gobstopper, he’ll get one.

  • triangle8

    Take that, oracle.

  • I was going to cheers my Gnex, but it rebooted on its own and then ran out of battery.

    • normmcgarry


      • If you know me, and my past comments, you’ll realize I have a Gnex and LOVE it but am still aware of its flaws. This was a joke.

        • And a nice, suble jab at Verizon for not supporting the damn thing.

          • I believe they will support it, it’s just that their testing process is so freaking slow and drawn out. Plus CDMA = suck

    • HARR!

    • panicswhenubered

      Both issues can be resolved, get a custom ROM on it!

      • I think if I offered that solution to my wife, she would not be happy with me.

    • tonysam1

      HAHAHA its funny because its true!

      Once you boot back up we can android beam to celebrate.

  • Stewie

    Bummer for Oracle … Overestimated what they could go far and lost out.

    • MicroNix

      Just goes to show greed doesn’t always win.

  • GuidZilla

    About flippin time.

  • 4n1m4L

    Surprise. The search giant wins