In just a few short months, there could be a conclusion to Oracle Corp.’s lawsuit against Google Inc., which accuses the search giant of infringing Java patents in its Android mobile operating system.
The suit was filed in August 2010
in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, and accused Google of “knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property,” said Karen Tillman, spokeswoman for the Santa Clara Calif.-based Oracle.
Now, after over a year of waiting, the date for the trial is set for “on or after March 19” and it will be split into three parts. Judge William Alsup’s pretrial order to the California courts explained that the first phase will cover all copyright claims, the second patent liability and the third phase – if necessary – will wrap up any remaining issues. The same jury will hear evidence from all three phases.
Meanwhile, in the lead up to the trial, Oracle and Google have begun filing a series of motions to ask for certain evidence to be excluded.
Both corporations have up to seven days to file objections to Alsup’s final pretrial order.
–With files from Chris Kanaracus