The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has rejected Oracle’s patent claims against Google. On December 20th, the U.S. Patent office issued a rejection in the reexamination of Oracle’s U.S. Patent number 6,192,476. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had rejected 17 out of the 21 claims about the patent in discussion including 7 of the patent’s independent claims. Oracle filed a lawsuit against Google in 2010 over patents and copyright infringement within Java over the Android operating system.
Oracle claims “irreparable harm” caused to Java due to the ?continued migration of device manufacturers and application developers from Java to Android.? Oracle requested a patent trial to begin around January 20th.
Google released a statement saying that they had no interest in delaying the resolution of the case any longer, but a January case is not probable. Google would be free to conduct the trial no earlier than July 2012.