Washington, May 24 (ANI): A jury in a California court has absolved Internet search giant Google of infringing patents owned by software developer Oracle.
Oracle had sued Google in August 2010, accusing Google of using Oracle's Java programming language in its Android mobile operating system and infringed its intellectual property rights.ccording to the BBC, the same jury had ruled two weeks ago that Google infringed Oracle's copyright, but could not agree whether Google's actions constituted "fair use".
However, Google maintained that the Android was built "from scratch".
Google said it does not violate Oracle's patents and that Oracle cannot copyright certain parts of Java, which is an "open-source", or publicly available, software language.
Without any evidence against Google on the "fair use" issue, Oracle would be unable to recover the 1 billion dollar (637 million pounds) in damages that it was seeking.
The case focused not on using the Java programming language itself, but rather the use of 37 application programming interfaces (APIs) which help developers create software on the platform. (ANI)