The last time we talked about Oracle's patent infringement suit against Google, CEO Larry Page was preparing to be deposed. Oracle alleges Google's Android mobile platform infringes patents for the Java technologies Oracle acquired with Sun Microsystems.
In July, the court ruled Oracle could depose Page for no longer than two hours, and only on subjects related to Google's willfulness in committing the alleged infringement and to the value of the Android platform. Trial was slated to begin Oct. 31.
Wednesday, however, the judge pushed the trial back, according to Reuters. In so ruling, Judge William Alsup indicated he has a criminal case starting around the end of October that probably won't wrap up until after the first of the year. For that reason, he may pass the Oracle-Google patent dispute to another judge. He told the attorneys involved:
Your case is huge and needs the attention of somebody who can give it more time than I can.
Also of note this week, Alsup decided that an email written by a Google engineer to company attorneys and the VP responsible for the Android platform was not covered by the attorney client privilege and could be admitted as evidence at trial. The engineer had been tasked with finding Java alternatives for use in Android, but ultimately advised negotiating a license with Oracle so that Java itself could be used in the mobile platform, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
The decision can't bode well for Google.