(The Hosting News) – The patent battle between Google and Oracle heated up on Monday when a jury on the Federal District Court level concluded that Google had indeed used some patents owned by the database management company. However, there was a catch. It wasn’t necessarily the finding that Oracle was looking for, and the results? Anything but solid.
According to a report from the Associated Press, the jury appeared unsure on some of the key patents, questioning whether Google’s use of them in Android fell under the category of fair use.
The patents Google was founding guilty of violating could only result in Oracle receiving damages that were considered statutory. That means Google would only owe minimal amounts for such violations, having to pay Oracle damages between just $200 to $150,000, according to the AP. That’s a significantly small statistic compared to a case Oracle is hoping to receive up to $1 billion from.
However, the trial is far from over and the prosecution and defense are set to present their cases regarding additional patents in question. The matter has made headlines in tech media, with both Google CEO Larry Page and Oracle CEO Lawrence Ellison providing testimony in the courtroom.
Discussing the matter in a report from the New York Times, Boston University School of Law Professor James E. Bessen stated, “Oracle was determined to push this case to the wall and be aggressive.”
“The concern is what precedent this will set. What will be the effect on innovation?,” Bessen’s statement continued in the report from the Times.
Google has vigorously defended itself against Oracle’s complaints, arguing that basing some of the popular mobile OS off Java did fall in line with fair use. Meanwhile, appeals are likely to follow the case’s conclusion. The battle between the two tech heavyweights was initially set up when Oracle agreed to acquire Sun Microsystems (owner of Java) in 2009 for a reported price totaling over $7 billion.