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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Google, Oracle Trial Over Android Claims Pushed Back

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones) -- The anticipated trial to resolve Oracle Corp.'s (ORCL) claims that Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android mobile-phone software infringes on Oracle's intellectual property has been pushed back, according to court filings.

In a court filing on Wednesday, Judge William Alsup wrote that "the trial will not be in 2011," adding that lawyers representing each side have until Nov. 18 to file objections to the proposed trial plan.

The jury trial will be broken into three phases to cover copyright liability, patent liability and other remaining issues, according to the filing.

Oracle sued Google in August of last year, alleging that Google's Android software infringes on patents and copyrights associated with Oracle's Java technology.

Oracle acquired Java when it bought Sun Microsystems.

Face-to-face meetings last month between Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Google CEO Larry Page failed to produce a settlement, and a trial had been expected for this month.

Google has complained that Oracle and other rivals are seeking to undercut Android by filing patent lawsuits, rather than competing fairly in the marketplace.

Meanwhile, Oracle has suggested that it is owed billions of dollars in damages as a result of Google's alleged infringement.


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