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Judge sets trial date for Oracle's Android lawsuit against Google

Expects an eight week soap opera
Wed Mar 14 2012, 11:27

ENTERPRISE VENDOR Oracle is finally able to pencil in its day in court with Google over alleged patent and copyright infringement after the judge said the trial will begin in April.

Oracle's long drawn out pre-trial soap opera has for the time being come to something of conclusion, with US District Court Judge William Alsup setting a trial date of 16 April. Judge Alsup expects an eight week trial, in which Oracle will have a chance to win up to $561m in damages from Google over alleged Java patent and copyright infringement in Google's Android operating system.

Judge Alsup threw out a huge chunk of Oracle's expert witness Iain Cockburn's third attempt at a damages report. Not only has the upper limit of damages been set at $561m, but that figure is split evenly between the patent and copyright infringement claims made by Oracle.

Oracle's handling of pre-trial proceedings has been nothing short of a shambles. Not only have Cockburn's three attempts to come up with a damages estimate been torn to shreds, Judge Alsup has clearly demonstrated that he will not be pushed around by either firm's highly paid lawyers, all of which suggests there is an entertaining trial ahead.

Given the parties' legal skirmishes so far, it won't be a surprise if there are more bumps in the road before the two firms show up in front of Judge Alsup and a jury on 16 April. µ


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