Oracle sues Google for patent infringement
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. (AP) — Oracle Corp. said Thursday it has filed a patent and copyright-infringement lawsuit against Google Inc.
Oracle said in a statement that Google’s Android system for mobile phones infringes on its patented Java technology.
Google spokesman Andrew Pederson said the company can’t comment because it has not yet reviewed the lawsuit.
Oracle, which makes database software and other technology, acquired the Java computer programming language and related technology when it bought Sun Microsystems. That deal that closed in January.
Java can be used as a platform for building applications for computers, websites and smart phones and other mobile devices.
In its complaint, filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Oracle said Google’s Android operating system software consists of Java applications and other technology. As such, it infringes on one or more parts of seven different patents — something Google should know, Oracle argues, because it has hired former Sun Java engineers in recent years.
Oracle also said Google’s Android also infringes on Oracle’s copyrights in Java.
Oracle is seeking an injunction to stop Google from further building and distributing Android, plus higher monetary damages for willful and deliberate infringement.
Google says about 200,000 Android-powered phones are being sold each day.
Larry Ellison is probably scared to shit of Google’s android. Since apple is taking too much heat for waging proxy war lawsuits against HTC and google phones (Justice department is starting to get pissed off for anti-trust violations), Larry is helping out his buddy steve jobs and taking on Google.
Lawsuits and shit happen every fucking day. They may range from the most idiotic (Robber slips on a banana peel while robbing a victim, sues for injury, and wins) to the most serious such as “patent” infringement.
Google’s not dumb as I am sure they know to isolate programmers and independently come up with their own shit to power android, which is a legal defense against infringement generally. Yes Google hired former Java engineers but so what? They can pass their knowledge on to “virgin” googlers who NEVER programmed in java, write up new code for android that looks, feels, and behaves similar or better to Java, and run that baby on Android phones. I’m sure Google did something like this (this is how you reverse engineer code and ideas and prevent getting sued) so this will be at most hopefully just an annoying headache. Even if they lose the monetary damages may not be much but the injunction will be agitating. I’d imagine Google’s contingency plan right now is to develop yet another new suit of software that will be different and put that on Androids.
All in all though, I wouldn’t worry much about this.
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