One of the original smartphone wars is heading back to the courtroom of U.S. District Judge William Alsup.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Google Inc.'s petition for certiorari in its copyright dispute with Oracle Corp. over the Java application programming interface. That ruling upholds a 2014 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that held the Java APIs copyrightable.
"Today's Supreme Court decision is a win for innovation and for the technology industry that relies on copyright protection to fuel innovation," Oracle general counsel Dorian Daley said in a written statement. Oracle was represented by E. Joshua Rosenkranz of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe at the Supreme Court and court of appeals, as well as by Kirkland & Ellis.
But Oracle can't claim a complete victory just yet. The case now returns to Alsup's courtroom for a retrial on whether Google has a fair-use defense to Oracle's charge that it copied 7,000 lines of code to its Android operating system to help app providers to write programs for it. Oracle had acquired the code when it bought Sun Microsystems in 2010 for $5.6 billion.
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