The verdict is in, and the jury deliberating the Oracle vs. Google trial has concluded that Google's Android does not infringe on any of the Java related patents Oracle assumed when they acquired Sun Microsystems and all of the Java related intellectual property that went with it.
So, it looks like the doom and gloomers, including many at TheServerSide, were way off base when declaring that this lawsuit would be the end of the world. Groklaw, who has been the definitive resource on the progression of this trial didn't spare any words when chastising the media for their coverage:
"And now to the media: Here's a homework assignment for you, if you are willing. I want you to think about those $6 billion damages headlines. Where did the "information" come from? Was it an accurate tip? Remember all those articles about Google and how they were hopelessly in a mess because they had no patents to use in a counterclaim against Oracle? Where did that come from? Was it an accurate analysis? Was it expert? Think: If someone is being paid by a party to litigate, what is he likely to say? There is a difference between information and propaganda."
Of course, the trial isn't completely finished, as the question as to whether Google violated Oracle copyrights remains on the table. However, the financial repercussions of a finding of guilt during this phase of the trial will be minimal at best.
Ironically, Oracle wins by losing. The fact that the trying of this lawsuit came at a time when the Java community was just beginning to get comfortable with Oracle's stewardship of the Java platform simply worked against the Oracle Public Relations machine. Furthermore, by putting Android through a legal litmus test, the mobile Java landscape, and the Java landscape as a whole, now has a legal precedent concerning what can feasibly considered acceptable fair use.
The Android OS has been one of the best things to happen to the Java community in years. When people were starting to get bored at the prospect of learning about JSPs and Servlets, Android made Java cool once again. The hip college kids were anxious to learn it, and until Android came along, Java was losing the battle to capture the hearts and minds of the programming youth.
With the future of the Android OS unencumbered, Java will continue to prosper, and in the end, that will result in Oracle being the big winner, despite losing this little battle in court.