Google was sued by Oracle last year for allegedly infringing on patents based on their Java platform. A portfolio of patents Oracle scored when they acquired Sun Microsystems. The initial suit sought $6.1 billion in damages for the infringement. Early in the case, Google requested that an examination of all the patents involved in the suit be conducted.
Seems like the right move in hindsight. The reexamination of the patents have thus far resulted in the rejection of roughly two-thirds of the claims. Most recently, the US Patent and Trademark Office upheld one of the patents for Oracle, but dismissed a crucial patent that would have maintained any injunction offered by the court on Oracle’s behalf until 2025 when it was set to expire. Oracle is allowed to contest the decision by Dec. 19th. Your move, Oracle.
via PC World