A federal court jury is having a difficult time reaching a verdict in a complex copyright infringement trial pitting Oracle against Google.
A question posed late Thursday in a note from one of the 12 jurors raised the specter of an impasse.
The note asked US District Judge William Alsup what would happen if jurors couldn't agree on a verdict. The note also indicated some jurors weren't budging from their positions.
The question came after more than 20 hours of jury deliberations spread over four days.
Alsup called the jury into the courtroom to give them a pep talk before sending them home for the day.
The jury is debating Oracle Corp.'s allegations that Google Inc. stole some of the technology used in popular Android software for smartphones.