In yet another setback for Oracle, the US Patent Office has rejected 17 of 21 claims associated with one of the patents in Java that Oracle asserted Google had violated with Android.
Groklaw reports, "In the reexamination of U.S. Patent 6192476 the USPTO has issued an office action in which it rejects 17 of the patent's 21 claims."
The site further writes, "While Oracle has asserted seven different patents in its claims against Google, if this reexamination is exemplary of what Oracle can expect in each of the other reexaminations, Oracle will have a hard time finding claims that it can successfully assert against Google, and there lies Oracles conundrum. Oracle either has to agree with the court's directive to limit the number of claims it will assert at trial, or it is likely the court will simply stay the trial until the reexaminations are complete."
Here is the list of claims [courtesy: Groklaw]
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