Oracle legal trial against Google kicks off in San Francisco court

City A.M. Reporter
ORACLE is set to go to trial today against Google in a high-stakes dispute over smartphone technology, the biggest case in what is shaping up to be an intense year in court for the enterprise software giant.

Jury selection is set for this morning in San Francisco federal court. Oracle claims Google’s Android operating system tramples on its intellectual property rights to the Java programming language. Google says it doesn’t violate Oracle’s patents, and that Oracle cannot copyright certain parts of Java.

Oracle is seeking roughly $1bn (£631m) in copyright damages. On the two patents, it rejected Google’s $2.8m settlement offer, plus 0.5 per cent of Android revenue on one patent until it expires this December and 0.015 per cent on a second patent until it expires in April 2018.