Judge sets date for Google v Oracle showdown
Springtime for Ellison in California
A pretrial order from the California courts has set the dates for the forthcoming trial between Oracle and Google over the rights and wrongs of Java’s intellectual property rights.
The trial will commence on or after 19 March, according to court documents, and will be split into three sessions: copyright infringement liability, patent infringement liability, and then damages and “remaining issues.” Judge William Alsup filed the orders, saying that the statements by witnesses should not be recorded and witnesses will not be allowed multiple visits to the stand.
“Judge Alsup hopes that the copyright decision all by itself could create enough pressure on the parties to settle,” patent watcher Florian Mueller told The Register. “I think Oracle would still want the patent trial to take place if it doesn't win the copyright part, but if Oracle wins the copyright trial, there could be pressure on Google to settle depending on the scope of the first verdict.”
Oracle had been hoping for an early trial but the date gives Google considerable time to marshal its defenses. Larry Ellison is known to favor a blitzkrieg attack on legal issues and the extra time, and the trial format, could give Google an advantage.
“What Google is really keen to get is a three-part trial,” Mueller explained. “This way they hope to be able to present some evidence in phase three (the remedies phase) that the judge might not allow at a previous stage, especially the state of the ongoing patent reexaminations.” ®
That was then
But this is now...
He's finally admitted he has some funding from Microsoft, which is as pro-patent as you get. I really wish people would stop quoting him, but he's the lazy journalists 'rent-a-patent-quote' machine. I think it's his business model, like Rob Enderle.
yes, what's the point?
He's always grinding an axe for someone, and only ever offers bare opinions - accusations by one of the parties get treated as facts without consideration of alternative explanations.
Can't el Reg find someone who is balanced and insightful and can poke holes in both sides' contentions in these patent catfights? There is a huge amount of hot air and it would be helpful to have someone who is able to ground things in reality rather than retail one side's POV.
Why does the Register interview Mr Meuller?
He is a well known shill and increasingly pro-patent.(IMHO)