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Trial in Oracle-Google Lawsuit Over Android Delayed

The judge overseeing the Google-Oracle patent infringement lawsuit says the trial in the case won’t happen this year.

In a filing yesterday (see below), Judge William Alsup proposed a trial plan to lawyers for both sides, stating that the trial “will not be in 2011.” Alsup said he expects a long trial that will likely be considered a hardship by people selected to sit on the jury. “Although the trial will not be in 2011, the Court needs some lead time to pre-clear a venire for hardship for a long trial,” Alsup wrote in the filing. The word “venire” refers to the jury selection process. Alsup didn’t hint when he expects the trial to begin.

Court-mandated face-to-face talks between Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Google CEO Larry Page failed last month. The trial had been expected sometime this month.

Oracle has claimed that Google owes it more than $6 billion for parts of its Java software that were used in the Android mobile operating system, which Oracle took over after it acquired Sun Microsystems last year. Google has argued that Oracle’s claims for damages are flawed.

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