Larry Ellison of Oracle
Oracle are pretty upset due to Android’s alleged infringements on their intellectual property. The intellectual property in question concerns the Java programming language. Oracle purchased said IP when they bought out Sun Microsystems, and this is a fairly big deal from where Android sits. In a press release made by Karen Tillman, the Oracle spokeswoman, it was said that “In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property.”
“Google’s Android competes with Oracle America’s Java as an operating system software platform for cellular telephones and other mobile devices. … Google has been aware of Sun’s patent portfolio, including the patents at issue, since the middle of this decade, since Google hired certain former Sun Java engineers.”
In a situation like this, there is no way that Oracle did not approach Google first before issuing the suit, and now that it has been issued, we have to wait for Google to respond. As of now, they claim that they have had no official ‘complaint’ (since when did filling a suit get called a complaint?). Anyway, I hope this get resolved in the best way possible for both companies, and if that means Google has to pay Oracle royalties for some of the Android java development, then that’s fine with me. What we do not want is Oracle denying Google the use of this technology entirely.
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This just seems ridiculous. The Java programming language has always been available for anyone to use, and Sun even open sourced pretty much all of it long before their sale to Oracle. I wouldn’t be surprised if Oracle is getting a little backing from Apple and perhaps even Microsoft for this.