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Oracle, Google Plan Appeals of Verdict in Java-Android Trial

October 04, 2012

Oracle Corp. (ORCL:US) and Google Inc. (GOOG:US) both said they will appeal a jury’s findings that Google infringed copyrights and didn’t steal patents when it developed Android software for mobile devices.

A federal jury found May 7 that Mountain View, California- based Google infringed Oracle’s copyrights when it developed Android software for mobile devices. The jury also deadlocked on whether Google’s copying was a permissible “fair use.” The jury found May 23 that Google didn’t infringe two Oracle patents.

Google, owner of the world’s most popular search engine, said in a filing today in San Francisco federal court that it will appeal the trial judge’s decision not to set aside a jury’s copyright verdict or order a new trial. Oracle said in a filing today that it would appeal a judgment in favor of Google on patent infringement.

Google’s attorneys said in earlier court filings that the jury found the company had infringed just nine out of millions of lines of code in a Java programming language platform, which they said was legally insignificant.

The appeals will be filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, Google and Oracle attorneys said in the filings. The trial was held in San Francisco.

Deborah Hellinger, an Oracle spokeswoman, declined to comment. Niki Fenwick, a Google spokeswoman, didn’t immediately respond to a voice-mail message seeking comment.

Oracle, based in Redwood City, California, is the largest maker of database software.

The case is Oracle v. Google, 10-cv-3561, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco)

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