Oracle, Google suit likely postponed

The suit is unlikely to go to trial on Oct. 31 as planned, the judge said

The battle between Oracle and Google over Android is unlikely to go to trial later this month as initially planned.

Another large criminal case in the same court is scheduled for Oct. 17, meaning the Oct. 31 trial date for the Oracle suit against Google will probably have to be postponed, Judge William Alsup, who is overseeing the case, wrote in an order on Wednesday.

He didn't set a new date, however. "In hopes that the October 31 trial ... can still go forward, even though that now seems unlikely, the October 31 trial date will not yet be vacated," he wrote.

The trial could be postponed for quite some time for other reasons if Google gets its way. On Tuesday, Google argued that the case should be stayed while the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office re-examines the patents in question. Google also accuses Oracle of failing to adequately narrow its claims such that the case is likely to take seven weeks or more at trial, although only three weeks have been allocated.

Oracle, however, on Tuesday urged the judge not to stay the case because the companies have already made considerable investments in the case and because they might have to wait for years for the patent office to come to a final decision.

The companies are fighting over the virtual machine that allows Android to run Java applications. Oracle has accused Google of infringing patents and copyright it acquired along with Sun Microsystems.

Nancy Gohring covers mobile phones and cloud computing for The IDG News Service. Follow Nancy on Twitter at @idgnancy. Nancy's e-mail address is Nancy_Gohring@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags copyrightmobileOracleGoogleAndroidlegaltelecommunicationintellectual propertypatentMobile OSes

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?