The Supreme Court announced that it will hear Oracle's (ORCL) - Get Report lawsuit against Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Report nearly a decade after Oracle filed a copyright lawsuit that alleged Google copied code.
The nation's highest court announced that it will hear Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc., granting the case a write of certiorari, or an order to review the decision of the lower court that originally ruled on the case.
Those lower courts gave Google two victories before the tech giant lost its case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Oracle has stated in the past that it is entitled to $9 billion in damages from the alleged copyright infringement.
The two companies are fighting over 11,500 lines of code that Google is accused of copying from Oracle's Java program. Oracle accused Google of taking that code and putting it in its Android mobile operating system.
Java was originally developed by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle purchased for $7.4 billion in 2010.
"Copyright must allow some reuse of software's functional aspects to enable the collaborative development and interoperability that are critical to technological progress in the computer industry," Microsoft's brief stated.
Meanwhile, Mozilla's brief took aim at the lower courts ruling.
"The court below heedlessly unraveled this reasonably predictive rule and set of reliable norms that are critical to software coders for understanding what is appropriate to carry over from one project to another and what is not."