Google And Oracle Patent Trial Set For April

The patent infringement lawsuit between Oracle and Google has been dragged on until April, when the companies will face each other for the Java-related showdown.

Whilst both Google and Oracle have certainly come far in their pursuit in settling the issue of patent infringement, unfortunately they'll have to wait just that little bit longer - until 16 April, in fact.

According to the order filed earlier today, the trial is expected to last approximately two months, with the first day “devoted to jury selection and opening statements.”

Judge William Alsup at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California further stated: “Google is hereby encouraged to withdraw its invalidity defenses that have failed in the reexamination process as a way to further streamline the trial on the two patents remaining in suit.”

Just for those unaware of the legal goings on, Oracle is suing Google concerning the patented Java technology on the Android OS - however, it is unclear how many patents are being contested, resulting in delays to the case.

Lawyers for Google have added weight to their argument by referring to Google’s relationship with Sun Microsystems. Google commented that Sun has been an Android fan from the word go, viewing it as a facility to help “spread news and word about Java.”

Source: ZDNet