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It could have far reaching impact. Linux programers might want to think about writing code and using POSIX APIs. How do you deal with it if you can't use those APIs? Dunno. And one example of unintended consequences that I've heard used is that this raises the question whether IBM could claim SQL and HTML because they grew out of IBM's work.
The partial verdict that was reached still leaves us guessing. Essentially, the jury said, yeah Google took Oracle/Sun Java code, but then they didn't decide whether that was permissible or not. Without answering that question, I don't see how any conclusion can be reached.