The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington decided that Oracle should be granted copyright protection over certain parts of Java, a popular programming system it acquired from Sun Microsystems.
The database-software maker argued that Google’s Android, which is the world’s best-selling smartphone platform, “improperly incorporated parts of Java” in its phones, according to court documents. Oracle had originally requested $6.1 billion in damages, an estimate that was dismissed by a judge ahead of the trial back in 2011. It could still request more than $1 billion in damages.
Oracle said Google used Java coding without paying as it hurried to create the Android in a format familiar to its programmers, according to a court document from July 2013.
Oracle initially sued Google back in 2010, but a San Francisco federal judge ruled that Oracle could not claim protections on parts of Java.