Feeds

Judge sets date for Google v Oracle showdown

Springtime for Ellison in California

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

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.” ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.