Basically, the ’104 patent covers a way of improving the software
compilation — the process of translating programming code into an
executable application. The method described uses “symbolic
references” to identify data during compilation rather than
numeric memory locations. Oracle argues that Dalvik uses symbolic
references, but Google says it doesn’t.
The jury has been deliberating over the claims for a week now, and
on Tuesday, it had two more questions for the court, and both were
related to the nuances of “symbolic references” and how they apply
to data retrieval.
How could a randomly-selected jury possibly decide this? No knock intended against the jurors themselves — and it sounds like they’re doing their best to make an informed decision. But there’s a difference between a jury of your citizen peers and a jury of your technical peers.