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News Summary: No Google infringement, says jury

Associated Press Modified: May 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm •  Published: May 23, 2012
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THE VERDICT: A federal jury says Google didn't infringe on Oracle's patents when the Internet search leader developed its popular Android software for mobile devices.

PREVIOUSLY: The same jury, with two additional members, had failed to agree on a pivotal issue in Oracle's copyright-infringement case against Google. As a result, Google Inc. faced maximum damages of only $150,000 — not the hundreds of millions of dollars that Oracle Corp. was seeking.

THE DISPUTE: Oracle had accused Google of building Android around Oracle's copyrighted and patented Java programming system. Oracle inherited the rights to Java in a $7.3 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010.


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