Judge Puts Dispute Between Apple and Oracle on Hold

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source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wuzanru/A long-running dispute between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) over indemnification has been put on hold and separated from a patent-infringement case brought against Apple by U.S. Ethernet Innovations by order of a federal judge, reports Bloomberg. U.S. Ethernet Innovations sued Apple in 2009 over the iPhone maker’s alleged infringement of patents covering USEI’s Ethernet technology.

According to USEI’s official website, the company “was formed in cooperation with 3Com Corporation to acquire and continue to develop its portfolio of foundational patents in Ethernet technology.” However, as noted by Bloomberg, USEI’s infringement contentions identified technologies that Apple had licensed from Sun Microsystems in 1998.

Apple’s licensing agreement with Sun Microsystems required the company to indemnify Apple from any patent claims over the technology. Oracle later acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010. In a complaint filed in California federal court in April, Apple argued that Oracle inherited these indemnification obligations when it acquired Sun Microsystems.

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