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Apple's Oracle Dispute Split From Patent-Infringement Lawsuit

Friday, 20 Dec 2013 08:29 AM

Apple Inc. and Oracle Corp. won a judge’s order separating and putting on hold a dispute between them about indemnification until a patent-infringement case against Apple by U.S. Ethernet Innovations LLC is resolved.

Apple was sued for patent infringement by U.S. Ethernet Innovations in 2009. The iPhone maker said in court filings that some of the patent claims involve technology that Apple licensed in 1998 from Sun Microsystems Inc. under an agreement that obligated Sun to indemnify Apple for any patent claims over the technology.

Apple filed a complaint in April in federal court in Oakland, California, seeking a judge’s order that Oracle, which acquired Sun, make good on that agreement.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken said in a Dec. 18 order that Apple’s claims and Oracle’s counterclaims depended heavily on the outcome of underlying litigation involving other companies. In granting a joint request by Apple and Oracle, she said separating their dispute as a new lawsuit and putting it on hold served the interest of “judicial economy.”

Deborah Hellinger, a spokeswoman for Redwood City, California-based Oracle, had no immediate comment on the ruling. Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, declined to comment on it.

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