Oracle has found itself at the receiving end of a massive setback in its ongoing legal battle with the Android maker Google Inc.
The sad development for the California based Enterprise software developer came when the US Patent and Trademark Office had declared a group of its patents invalid due to “prior art”.
Ironically, these were the same patents which Oracle had claimed that Google was infringing on with some of its Android based products. Oracle, ever since it had acquired Java, was claiming that Google was violating some of the Java based patents it had purchased along with their original owner.
The company had also demanded a hefty sum of $2.6 billion from Google as compensation. But, these claims by the company has come back right against them as the US Patent and Trademark Office labelled 24 of the claims involving a particular patent, provisionally invalid.
According to legal experts keeping a close eye on the proceeding of the matter, the ruling by USPTO may cause delay in the hearing of the case which, they term may cause some painful blows for the Google as it will keep the future of the Android operating system hanging.