Jurors deciding whetherGoogle Inc.stole Oracle Inc.'s technology are deadlocked on one of three questions about whether the search engine provider infringed copyrights to build Android software.
U.S. Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, presiding over an intellectual property trial in its third week, sent the jurors home Friday and ordered them to return Monday for more deliberations. Alsup had said he would accept a partial verdict Friday and changed his plan after talking privately with Oracle's and Google's lawyers.
"It's worth sending you home since you told me there's hope for reaching a unanimous decision on all questions," Alsup told jurors.
The jury's foreman told Alsup that the panel's majority believed the judge should be notified Friday that it's at an impasse on one question. Other jurors favored more talks Monday "to see if anyone has come up with a new perspective," the foreman said.