A federal jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] found on Wednesday that Google [corporate website] did not infringe [verdict slip, PDF] Oracle [corporate website] patents. However, the jury split [JURIST report] on the copyright phase of the trial over whether Google's use could be considered "fair use." Oracle alleged that Google's use of Java in its Android OS violated Oracle's patents and copyrights. Oracle sought up to $1 billion in damages. Because the jury split on the copyright issue, Oracle may get the opportunity to retry [Ars Technica report] it, but there will not be a damages phase of the trial. The jury strongly favored Google [Ars Technica report], according to the jury foreman.