The verdict is almost in.
By Friday afternoon, the jury deliberating in Oracle's v. Google had reached unanimous decisions on all but one question in the potentially billion dollar copyright phase of the smartphone suit.
With that news, it appeared the court was ready to hear what the jury had found.
The verdict form was filled out, and everyone was in their places. But U.S. District Judge William Alsup sent everyone home for the weekend without accepting the partial verdict.
"The main thing is you have told me there is hope for reaching a verdict on all of the questions," Alsup told the 12-member panel after consulting with counsel at sidebar. "We should take advantage of that hope and spend one more day deliberating. So what I'm going to ask you to do is exactly that."
So, the jury went home. And the lawyers went back to work without knowing exactly where they stand.
There are signs, however, that the jury has sided with Oracle on the main infringement question. But that's hardly game over. Google can still prevail if the jury finds that employing Oracle's Java technology in its Android mobile operating system was "fair use." Notes from the jury indicate they are struggling over aspects of the "fair use" defense.
After a short discussion with counsel on their briefing schedule on pending motions, Alsup released everyone: "OK, I'll let you all go home and speculate."
The same jury will hear the upcoming patent phase and a damages phase, if any liability is found. In addition to damages, Oracle wants an injunction that would halt Google from using the accused Java elements in its product.
The jury will be back Monday at 8 a.m.