Tech Patent Wars Continue: Oracle Beats Google in Court

It seems that business rivalry in the tech industry usually comes alongside multiple patent infringement claims exchanged between competing companies. Two of these are Oracle and Google. The former sued the internet company last year, claiming Android has infringed seven of Oracle’s Java patents, the language it has acquired as part of its 2010 Sun Microsystems acquisition.

Oracle has filed its claim constructs, documents which define the scope of a party’s patent rights, to a California court, and the judge has largely sided with the company.

“The claim construction order released on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge William Alsup construes terms in three of the seven patents in the case.

Out of five technical terms at issue, Alsup opted for Oracle’s interpretation of four. The judge wrote his own construction for another one.”

The judge gave the two sides until May 6 to present a critique in response to his decision. Neither Oracle or Google spokespeople published a comment, but for now it seems that Oracle has gained a slight lead in the case.

Google has taken a policy which many other companies have done to protect themselves from copyright infringements, and recently acquired $900 million worth of patents from the bankrupt networking company Nortel networks. Nevertheless, this move didn’t seem to affect judge Alsup’s decision.

The Oracle vs. Google case is a major highlight on the mobile patent infringement front, yet it is only one example of such a case. Chinese telecom equipment make Huawei filed a suit against Motorola and Nokia s for a alleged trade secret theft, and after a series of legal fights, the companies have finally reached a settlement.

This however did not mean Nokia is giving up on legal. The company filed a second lawsuit against Apple over patent infringements on virtually all its products.

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Maria Deutscher

Maria Deutscher

Maria Deutscher is a staff writer for SiliconANGLE covering all things enterprise and fresh. Her work takes her from the bowels of the corporate network up to the great free ranges of the open-source ecosystem and back on a daily basis, with the occasional pit stop in the world of end-users. She is especially passionate about cloud computing and data analytics, although she also has a soft spot for stories that diverge from the beaten track to provide a more unique perspective on the complexities of the industry.
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