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Google cleared of Oracle patent infringement

A California jury has ruled that Google is cleared of infringement on any patents owned by Oracle in the company’s trial to determine whether or not the search giant improperly used Java APIs while developing Android.

In a statement, Google spokesman Jim Prosser said, “Today’s jury verdict that Android does not infringe Oracle’s patents was a victory not just for Google but the entire Android ecosystem.”

Oracle did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is being heard in the U.S. District Court of Northern California.

The jury in the case has been held up by the technical detail in the case, CNET reported Tuesday, prompting Judge William Alsup to express frustration with having to wade through technical aspects of the case with the jury.

“This is not easy for me. It’s not easy for you,” the judge told the jury, according to the report.

The three-phase trial, which first examined whether Google had infringed on copyrights held by Oracle, will now move on to determine damages.

On May 7, the jury in the case found that Google had infringed on nine lines of code, using language similar to Sun Microsystem’s Java language for Android.

Sun was acquired by Oracle in 2010, and Oracle filed suit against Google soon after.

The jury was, however, deadlocked on whether or not Google’s use of Java’s programming language fell under the umbrella of fair use.

Google said shortly after the first part of of its trial that it would file for a mistrial.

The proceedings will resume Tuesday after the Memorial Day holiday.

Related stories:

Oracle wins partial victory in Google trial

Google denies stealing Oracle’s technology to develop Android

Oracle, Google suit: Details of Google’s first phone released

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