After reviewing it at Google’s request, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rejected a key Oracle patent. The patent in question, No. 6,192,476 “Controlling Access to a Resource” was one of the patents that formed the basis of Oracle’s lawsuit against Google. Oracle claims that Google’s Android violates several of Oracle’s Java-related patents, including the one that was rejected.
Despite the setback for Oracle, the case will likely go to trial next year as this was just one of many patents cited in the case.
Many Android developers have been following the case because the outcome could impact their livelihood.