Oracle Suffers USPTO Java Patent Rejection in Google Android Case
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has effectively rejected one of the seven patents Oracle said Google infringed by rejecting the one claim in the patent that Oracle raised in the case.Google gained some new ground in its patent battle with Oracle as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a final rejection of one of the patents Oracle raised in the case. On Dec. 20 the USPTO rejected patent number 6192476, which was up for reexamination at Google's request, according to 9to5 Google, which referred to a citation from Groklaw. Oracle claimed Google had infringed on seven of its patents for Java technology that the database giant had acquired in its purchase of Sun Microsystems in January 2010.
Initially, Oracle asserted 132 claims against those seven patents, but upon request by the judge on the case, U.S. District Judge William Alsup, the company cut those claims down to an interim short list of 50 claims. Groklaw reports that only one of those claims for patent 6192476, claim 14, was asserted by Oracle in the litigation. And claim 14 was denied by the USPTO.