Google, Oracle Lawsuit: 10 Key Issues to Follow in This Complex Case
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Google and Oracle lawsuit is far from over and, if anything, has become more complicated with the partial verdict the jury handed up on May 7. There are a number of points observers need to follow to see where this case is going from here.Google and Oracle have been fighting a tenacious legal battle over Java and Android that, by all measures, is far from over. However, on May 7, a jury delivered a partial verdict in the case that, in some ways, gives Oracle a slight victory, although both sides are now claiming victory. The jury said that Google infringed Oracle copyrights for programming tools, as well as just nine lines of code in its Android operating system. Beyond that, Oracle would not be allowed to seek the $1 billion in damages Oracle had been requesting.
The verdict was rather surprising and speaks to the uncertainty that surrounds the mobile world. From Apple to Samsung to Google to Motorola, countless companies are arguing that a competitor violates a patent or copyright that they hold, and in every single case so far, not one of them has been able to reach a final, definitive agreement. Like it or not, these cases will be around for many more years, and judging by the initial ruling in the Google-Oracle case, they won't come to a swift, easy conclusion.