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Oracle-Google Patent Trial Is at Least 4 Months Away, Judge Says

Oracle Corp.’s patent lawsuit against Google Inc. over Android software may start as early as April or as late as September, a federal judge said.

“I am reserving my right to put the trial on in April or May, but as a practical matter mid-September may be the first time we will be able to try the case,” U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco told lawyers today during a hearing. He also told the attorneys to keep October and November open to avoid scheduling conflicts.

Oracle is seeking at least $1 billion in damages from the operator of the world’s largest search engine. Oracle, based in Redwood City, California, accuses Google of infringing its Java patents and copyrights in the Android operating system, now running on more than 150 million mobile devices.

Google, based in Mountain View, California, has denied the claims.

“I can’t see this case going to trial before the first day of spring,” Alsup said in court today after the lawyers updated him on the status of pre-trial evidence gathering and other matters.

The case is Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc., 10-03561, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

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