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PTO Strengthens Oracle’s Java Case
It decided that nine of the patents claims are perfectly valid
By: Maureen O'Gara
Apr. 24, 2012 08:30 AM
The US Patent and Trademark Office has reconsidered its so-called "final" rejection of one of the Java patents that Oracle claimed Google infringed and decided that nine of the patents claims are perfectly valid.
Apparently Oracle got wind of the PTO's change of mind late last week and rushed in Sunday to tell the court about.
Conveniently, the claims upheld match Oracle's to a "T" with a little to spare, and, as FOSS Patents points out, there's nothing quite like teeth of a re-examined patent.
Google, of course, is going to squawk but the way Oracle left it with the court it would only assert patents that weren't rejected by the PTO. And here the PTO has validated one neatly ahead of the patent side of the case getting heard so it's likely that Google will have to face charges of violating three Java patents not the whittled-away two.
The claims upheld are part of US Patent No 5,966,702 on a "method and apparatus for pre-processing and packaging class files" and include 1, 5-7, 11-13, 15 and 16. Oracle only charged Google on claims 1, 6-7, 12, 13, 15 and 16.
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