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Topic - William Haskell Alsup
Oracle Corp. had accused Google Inc. of patent and copyright infringement. Much of the dispute is over Google's Android, the mobile operating system that now powers more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers.
A federal jury ruled Wednesday that Google didn't infringe on Oracle's patents when the Internet search leader developed its popular Android software for mobile devices.
A federal jury failed to agree on a pivotal issue in Oracle's copyright-infringement case against Google, blunting the impact of its finding that Google relied on another company's technology to build its popular Android software for mobile devices.
A federal court jury is having a difficult time reaching a verdict in a complex copyright infringement trial pitting Oracle against Google.
Google CEO Larry Page spent nearly an hour in a federal courtroom Wednesday deflecting questions about his role in a copyright dispute over some of the technology in his company's Android software for smartphones.
Oracle began Monday trying to convince a jury that Google's top executives have long known that they stole a key piece of technology to build the Android software that now powers more than more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers.
Oracle and Google are set to face each other in court in San Francisco on Monday.
Oracle and Google are digging in their heels as they prepare for an upcoming trial.
A federal judge on Thursday struck down most of a San Francisco ordinance that requires retailers to warn customers about cellphone radiation and its health effects.
Now, U.S. District Judge William Alsup says Google's use of the APIs isn't covered by copyright law in the first place.
Alsup has said he intends to decide that question.