US DISTRICT COURT JUDGE William Alsup has said that the showdown between Google and Oracle over alleged patent infringement by Google's Android operating system will be held before November.
Oracle sued Google last year claiming that Google had infringed Java patents in the Android operating system. Initially Oracle said that Google had infringed its Java patents but then filed an amended complaint to allege Google "directly copied" its Java code. However with Judge Alsup's comments, it doesn't look like he's of a mind to let this lawsuit drag out for very long.
Judge Alsup said that due to limited resources only one law clerk was assigned to the case, who is scheduled to leave in November. Judge Alsup said that he does not want a new clerk to have to learn about the case, adding, "some jury is going to be sitting over there come October".
Judge Alsup did not set a trial date, and there's nothing stopping Google and Oracle from reaching some sort of out of court settlement. However given that Oracle wants Google prevented from shipping Android, reaching a suitable middle ground might be a difficult task.
If Google and Oracle face a jury then we'll know the trial will be presided over by a judge who isn't taking the case lightly. µ