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(From Guardian Unlimited)
So, finally, it's on. US District judge William Alsup has scheduled a trial between Oracle and Google Inc for 16 April and expects it to last about eight weeks. At issue: claims that Google violated Oracle's intellectual property rights relating to the Java programming language.
The trial is set to take place in a San Francisco federal court. It has been a long road to get to trial: Oracle first sued Google in 2010, alleging that the Android mobile operating technology infringes Oracle's Java patents. But almost all of the patents that Oracle first asserted against Google have either been withdrawn or knocked down following re-examination by …