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Google’s Android Didn’t Infringe Oracle Patents, Jury Says

Google Inc. (GOOG), the largest Web search provider, didn’t infringe Oracle Corp. (ORCL)’s patents in developing Android software, a federal jury found in the second phase of an intellectual property trial in San Francisco.

The 10-person jury ruled unanimously today that neither of the two patents at issue was infringed. Immediately after the verdict was announced, the judge dismissed the jury from the case and canceled the third phase of the trial over damages.

Oracle, the largest maker of database software, alleged Google stole two patents for the Java programming language when it developed Android, which now runs on more than 300 million smartphones. In the first phase of the trial, the same jury found the search engine company infringed Oracle’s Java copyrights while it couldn’t agree on whether the copying was “fair use.”

The May 7 jury finding may prevent Redwood City, California-based Oracle from seeking $1 billion in damages for intellectual property theft. Whether Mountain View, California- based Google is liable for copyright damages may be the subject of a new trial.

Google rose as much as 0.7 percent in trading in New York after the verdict was announced.

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

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