Because of the partial verdict Google has the option to move for a mistrial (and they are taking it). Oracle on the other hand can also ask for “Infringer’s Profits” which is basically saying that they want a piece of the Android action since the code was in there. Judge Alsop denied this at once with the statement that asking for that over nine lines of code that are not even in Android any longer was “bordering on the ridiculous”
It is now also up to Judge Alsop to rule on the matter of copyrighting APIs in the first place. Google maintains that they cannot a stance which has been backed up by recent litigation in the EU where it was ruled that: “neither the functionality of a computer program nor the programming language and the format of data files used in a computer program in order to exploit certain of its functions constitute a form of expression. Accordingly, they do not enjoy copyright protection.”
This means that the language (Java in this case) cannot be protected under copyright laws. Now that is the EU, but Judge Alsop is sure to know about this and it will influence his decision. We can also expect the penalties that Google might have to pay will be very minor if any at all.
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