Apple owns Objective-C. Microsoft owns C#. Google obviously doesn’t own Java, which is a shame because they had their chance when Sun was heading toward bankruptcy and they missed it. Granted, $6 billion dollars would’ve been quite a lot of money for Google to pay just to own a language, especially when Android wasn’t that big early on. But considering Google was willing to pay at least $4 billion for Skype and Hulu, I’d say that owning the language for Android apps would’ve been worth it. Plus, they could have junked whatever parts they didn’t need, or sold Sun later to Oracle or some other interested third party.
Well, who can honestly say that they didn’t see this one coming? In the case of Oracle vs Java, the jury has returned a mixed verdict that will not please either of the sides. Although the jury has found Google to be in the wrong by infringing Oracle-owned Java copyrights, a unanimous decision couldn’t be reached on whether Google’s use of the Java APIs can be considered ‘fair use’ or not.
Judge William Alsup, who oversees the case, said that the jury’s decision to fault Google’s use of the nine lines of the “rangeCheck” code (which are identical to Java code) will be of little help in determining the victor if it fails to conclude on the issue of fair use. Since [...]
Phase 1: Copyright of the Oracle vs Google trial has ended yesterday with the closing arguments of both parties. After two weeks of intense court battle, it looks like this one could go either way, as both sides have made compelling arguments to support their claims. If you’re interested in learning further details regarding the lawsuit, you should read our timeline of the Oracle vs Google trial. What follows is a summary of the closing statements made by Oracle and Google attorneys.Oracle: Google stole 37 of the Java APIs
The closing statement for Oracle, made by attorney Michael Jacobs, highlights that the email exchanges between Eric Schmidt, Andy Rubin, and Tim Lindholm [...]
Here at Android Authority, we’ve covered every move that preceded the beginning of the Google vs Oracle trial. But we never knew how much new info we’ll be able to find out about Android, Google, and Oracle from this high profile legal battle. As we don’t want to bore you with technical details and such, here’s a timeline of the trial, marking every important statement by lawyers on both sides, as well as witness testimonies. Let’s get on with it, shall we?
April 17: Oracle’s opening statement did not surprise anyone, as Google was accused of knowingly breaking Oracle’s intellectual properties regarding the Java language. According to a 2005 email from Andy Rubin to Larry [...]
As Google and Oracle have failed to reach a settlement in their ongoing patent infringement dispute before the judge-imposed April 13 deadline, the trial will start today, set to begin with jury selection. According to Oracle’s potential witness list, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Google CEO Larry Page will both called to the stand in the following days.
In 2010, when Oracle filed their initial complaints, Google’s Android OS was believed to break seven patents and copyright claims related to the Java programming language, intellectual property owned by Oracle since their acquisition of Sun Microsystems – the creators of Java – back in 2009. Since then, [...]