The allegations put forth by Oracle against Google were expected to be put under trial before the Judge William Alsup of the US District Court for the Northern District of California from October 31st, 2011 onwards. Unfortunately due to the fact that the District Judge was entrusted with the trial of a high profile criminal case, the Oracle-Google trial has been postponed to a later date. However the Judge failed to mention the next start date of the trial. It has been hinted that the trial might start only in 2012. The Judge stated that the trial is expected to happen in three phases of which the first phases will be concerning the copyright and patent violations and the defenses thereto. He also hinted that owing to his busy schedule, the trial might even get entrusted to another Judge.
The issue of patent infringement began with the development of the mobile operating system, Android. It was alleged by Oracle that Google has directly copied the sources files of Java for the development of the Android OS amounting to serious violation of Oracle’s patent rights over Java. Java, originally developed by the Sun Microsystems was acquired by Oracle in the year 2009. In the allegation put forth by oracle, it is stated that Android includes codes which violates the patent rights gained by Oracle through the acquisition. However, all the said allegations as regards Intellectual Property Rights of Oracle were completely denied by Google Corporation.
International legal news report by : Anupama