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The decision curtails Google's efforts to avoid paying Oracle licensing fees for using Java code in the Android mobile operating system.
Six women and four men -- few of whom have technical backgrounds -- will decide what infringement occurred and how much money is owed in damages.
The rivals will return to the courtroom on Monday. The trial is still all about smartphone and tablet patents, but this time, the accused devices are newer, including the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4S.
A unanimous jury found that Google infringed on Oracle's Java, but failed to say whether Google had made "fair use" of the material. Google called for a mistrial.
Now that the new trial option has been squashed, the next likely stop for Oracle in its bid to win its IP suit against Google is the appeals court.