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Google Android Didn’t Infringe Oracle Patents, Jury Says

A jury found Google Inc., the largest Web search provider, didn’t infringe Oracle Corp.’s patents in developing Android software, handing the database maker another defeat in a trial in which it sought $1 billion in damages.

The 10-person jury ruled unanimously yesterday that neither of the two patents at issue was infringed. While jurors found May 7 that Google infringed Oracle’s copyrights, they deadlocked on whether it was “fair use,” denying Oracle the ability to seek $1 billion in damages and a court order blocking Google from distributing the smartphone software without paying for a license.