It’s official! The wheels of justice have turned and, despite the protestations and claims of intellectual property rights violation, a California court jury has finally concluded the case of Oracle v Google, acquitting the Android OS developers of all wrongdoing.
In a ruling on Wednesday, Oracle’s quest for damages was put on indefinite hold after it was decided that Google had not infringed Oracle’s Java patent in its development of the all-conquering Android platform due to the very nature of Java being an open source software language and, therefore, impossible to copyright.
Reinforcing the vital win, jury foreman, Greg Thompson, stated that he had often found himself as the only holdout against Google as the case progressed, continuing to tell reporters outside San Francisco’s federal court that a vote on a key component earlier in the case had “heavily favoured Google”.
Commenting on the victory, Google General Council, Kent Walker, said it had been important to send a message by taking the case to court: “We didn’t want to back down when we felt the facts were on our side,” Walker told Reuters. And given that this was but the first in a whole series of trials lined up by the litigious Oracle over the coming months against other major players in the technology industry, the millions in legal fees and not the billions in damages it has been left with should be a message indeed.