A partial verdict has been reached in the Oracle vs. Google trial, finding that the search giant did in fact infringe upon Oracle’s Java programming language. However, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on whether Google had the right to fair use of that copyrighted structure, Reuters said.
The impasse may be seen as a big setback for Oracle, which has vehemently tried to prove that Google did not have a right to fair use of the Java software in its Android OS. Google has denied ever violating Oracle’s patents, arguing that Oracle cannot copyright certain aspects of Java because its open-source.
Oracle, which filed the lawsuit against Google back in August 2010, is reportedly seeking $1 billion on damages. Google, as one would expect, has moved for a mistrial.