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Oracle vs Google: On Android’s Patent Infringement

Written on August 13, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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An intellectual property issue arose Thursday as software giant Oracle demanded for jury trial against Google Android's use of patented Java applications. What the company had to say it said in a complaint on "Copyright and Patent Infringement" against the fast-seller open source Android OS.

Oracle became Java’s owner when the corporation acquired Sun Microsystems last year. Sun developed Java–complete with codes and credentials–and first released it in 1995. Circa 2008, Google Android came out competing with Java as OS for mobile devices. Now Oracle claims that the “Android operating system software ‘stack’ consists of Java applications running on a Java-based object-oriented application framework…”.

Hence, the lawsuit.

The side of Larry Ellison further states that Google has been aware of the patents since the middle of this decade when Google hired former Sun engineers. “In developing Android,” Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman said in the company’s press release, “Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property.”

Google is reportedly unable to comment because it has not been served with the complaint yet. But the company seemed to have been sought by Oracle prior to the issuance of the complaint.

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