U.S. Patent Office deals Oracle a setback in its Android lawsuit

U.S. Patent Office deals Oracle a setback in its Android lawsuit
‘Twas the night before Christmas (Eve), and all through Google’s house, not a creature wasn’t cheering, note even a mouse. The lawsuits were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that the USPTO soon would be there…

Google got exactly what it wanted these holidays, as the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office ruled on Patent No. 6,192,476. The USPTO rejected 17 of the 21 claims on the ‘476 patent, including Claim 14, which was the part being asserted by Oracle against Google in their ongoing Android litigation.

Oracle is asserting 26 different claims against Google over its Android OS, including copyright and patent infringement, so this ruling will hardly make the lawsuit disappear. At the same time it will make winning on that particular claim very difficult, and also adds credence to Google’s claims that the patents at issue are not valid (other patents are still being reviewed).

This is the second setback Oracle has faced this month, as earlier in December the presiding judge indicated he would likely throw out large parts of Oracle’s damages report. The damages report is meant to help guide jurors as to the appropriate amount of damages to be awarded (assuming Oracle wins).

Oracle has six months to appeal the finding, but doing so could potentially lead to more delays in their lawsuit against Google, so it will be interesting to see what tact they take. We have all this and more to look forward to in the new year...

source: Groklaw via AllThingsD

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7 Comments

1. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

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2. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

no surprise hear

3. omacmagics

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

Ha! Take that suckers...

4. JonGarrett

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 06, 2011

17 out of 21 but there were 26 claims?

5. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

obviously they arent done reviewing yet...

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Apple sue Samsung Samsung Countersue Apple Verizon Join Samsung suing Apple Nokia sue Apple Motorola sue Apple Apple sue HTC HTC Countersue Apple Apple sue Google for Android Apple sue German Shop for Apple name Apple sue Pornographic sites using iPhone name Now Oracle sue Google over 26 patents infringement Ironically Sony Ericsson sues its own Fansite forcing them to close down. Poor fans.

7. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Suing their own fansite is just so dumb... but if there was an illegal work going on why not... hmmmm....

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