Friday May 09, 2014

Oracle Wins Android-Java Copyright Appeal

Whew! For a second there, I thought we weren't going to have a patent trial to follow. Hooray for more courtroom patent drama. frown

The most spectacular decision in the ongoing smartphone IP disputes has been handed down today by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: District Judge William Alsup has been overruled with respect to his erroneous determination that Oracle's Java API declaring code was not protected by copyright. Since the 2012 jury was hung with respect to "fair use", which means that neither party had prevailed on that defense, the case is now remanded to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California for a new trial on fair use and damages.

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