Google-Oracle patent trial set for April

The trial brought by Oracle against Google over its use of patented Java technology in Android has been pushed back again, the presiding judge has said

The patent-infringement trial brought by Oracle against Google over its implementation of Java in Android has been pushed back to 16 April, the presiding judge has ruled.

According to the order filed on Tuesday, the trial is expected to last eight weeks, with the first day "devoted to jury selection and opening statements". Judge William Alsup added at the end of the order: "Google is hereby encouraged to withdraw its invalidity defences that have failed in the re-examination process as a way to further streamline the trial on the two patents remaining in suit."

Oracle is suing Google regarding patented Java technology that appears on the Android mobile operating system — although how many and which patents have routinely been up for debate, causing delays in the case.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Google, Oracle patent trial pushed back to April on

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