The Oracle v. Google aftermath | Ars Technica

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Two Google lawyers reflect on the case: APIs stay free, cost of business soars.

The Oracle v. Google patent and copyright trial is over, resulting in definitive wins for Google on both fronts. Ars interviewed two Google attorneys—general counsel Kent Walker, and litigation counsel Renny Hwang—asking for their sense of what the case could mean beyond its effects on the companies themselves.

“The case illustrates the cost when the patent system doesn’t work well. It costs millions of dollars to invalidate bad patents. That’s money we’d rather spend on great new products for people to use.”

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