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Oracle v Google: three key lessons

Karen Bolipata, New York

A case so complex it demanded a six-week jury trial with separate phases for the patent and copyright claims, Oracle v Google captivated the computing, patent and media industries

A victory on both fronts for Oracle would have made application program interfaces (APIs) – used by software programs to communicate with each other – copyrightable, leading to Google having to pay the software company significant damages.

But with Google securing wins...

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