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Google Did Not Violate Oracle Patents: Jury

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Google Did Not Violate Oracle Patents: Jury

Joan Lynch

U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup listens as Oracle's Larry Ellison takes the stand in a case against Google.

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A jury unanimously decided Wednesday that Google did not infringe on Oracle patents after a lengthy court battle that saw two of the most powerful CEOs in Silicon Valley testify.

Oracle sued Google in 2010, alleging that the Mountain View company's mobile Android operating system infringed on Java patents it acquired when Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems.

The jury decided in the U.S. District Court of Northern California Wednesday morning that Google did not infringe on eight claims stemming from two patents.

Oracle was unhappy with the ruling.

"Oracle presented overwhelming evidence at trial that Google knew it would fragment and damage Java," Senior Director of Oracle Corporate Communications Deborah Hellinger said in a statement. "We plan to continue to defend and uphold Java's core write once run anywhere principle and ensure it is protected for the nine million Java developers and the community that depend on Java compatibility."

The decision marks the second phase of the trial.

The jury failed to agree earlier this month on whether Google relied on unlicensed Oracle technology to drive its operating system.

Oracle had been seeking up to $1 billion in damages and a court order that might have forced Google to reprogram Android if a licensing agreement couldn't be worked out.

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