Oracle v. Google: Jury Has Many Questions, Finds No Patent Infringement
Various outlets (e.g., Cnet) have reported on the jury’s conclusion in the Oracle v. Google patent trial. At least as interesting as the conclusion are the 43 pages of jury notes from deliberations. The range of questions is fascinating:
Are the API’s in question standard oracle API’s?” (Note 1)
Is the existence of an example of the Android code not functioning (‘Punting’) when formatted in a normal simulated execution setting permitted to be taken as evidence that Android’s array initialization diverges from the patented array initialization? (Note 3)
How (by what means) do the lawyers for one company obtain the private information or documents, i.e., meeting reports, personal emails, etc., with which they confront witnesses of the other company? (Note 4)
Can you explain the difference between a package and an API? (eventually, the jury stopped keeping track of the number of notes)
And my favorite:
What if one of us jury people were to be hit by a truck—or something less dramatic, but equally capable of keeping us from being here? Maybe what I’m really asking is this—why aren’t there any alternates for this trial?
These excerpts are just a few examples. The full question set is quite remarkable. The questions show a hard-working jury struggling for days to sort out many factual issues in a complex patent case.