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.
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
. 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.
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
preliminary finding, the USPTO rejected 17 of the 21 claims in the patent, and
then made that rejection final with its Dec.
. Oracle has until Feb. 20, 2012, to seek reconsideration
or appeal of the USPTO action.
has instructed Oracle to limit the number of claims it brings to trial. From
the short list of 50, Oracle still hopes to bring 21 patent claims to trial,
said Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents
. Judge Alsup had tentatively
proposed that Oracle only bring three patent claims to trial.
A speedy trial is what Oracle wants
. According to
court documents filed Dec. 19, Oracle came out pushing for a trial as early as
January in its antitrust case against Google claiming that Java is losing
ground to Google's Android, and the faster Oracle can seek relief the better.
In a Dec. 20 post
about the filing, Mueller said
Oracle and Google filed a joint pretrial statement to Judge Alsup detailing
their request for a trial date, among other things. Oracle asked for a trial to
start as early as January. Google said it could be ready for a trial as late as
July 2012. A trial in the case was initially slated for the end of October
2011, but the court had a scheduling conflict.