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Oracle Smacks Google with Lawsuit Over Android Patents

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Aug 12, 2010, 8:16 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming that Google's Android mobile operating system violates patents and copyrights owned by Oracle. According to Oracle, it acquired a number of Java patents and copyrights when it closed on the acquisition of Sun Microsystems earlier this year. Android, while based on Linux, uses some Java software as well. Oracle believes that Google has willfully infringed on portions of seven different patents, as Google has hired Java programs from Sun. It is seeking an immediate injunction to prevent Google from building and distributing Android any further. It is also seeking unspecified monetary damages. Google has not responded to the lawsuit yet.

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Aug 12, 2010, 9:06 PM

What part of Android wasn't ripped off?

At this point you've got Microsoft settling and Apple suing over the end user experience, and you've got Oracle suing over the foundation. Yikes.
This is ridiculous, in my humble opinion. We are WAY too lawsuit-happy in this country.

Aug 13, 2010, 10:31 AM

New Business Model-- If your product isn't selling, find someone to sue

Why do these companies not focus on their own sales force instead of their lawyers?

Is there a line on their PNL for litigation winnings under the revenue section?
Our system is set up to keep other people from cherrypicking your own intellectual property. So if I spend 5 years coming up with a sophisticated programming language and testing it out, someone else can't see it and copy it in 1/5th that time.
Umm, what does "PNL" stand for?

Aug 15, 2010, 8:58 PM

Android Successful; List of Sueing Companies Follows

This should be the Phonescoop's perpetual headline.
A scene from Finding Nemo comes to mind, when the Pelican is being tormented by the begging Seagulls.

flip mode

Aug 12, 2010, 8:31 PM


They can't be serious! Haters..Google execs are probably laughing at this. Oracle...I forgot all about you guys. Didn't you go the way of the dinosaur back in the 90's ?
Google should buy Oracle and fire all the management teach those leeches a lesson, if you can't innovate, then you can litigate.
I doubt if they are laughing and I think you will see a financial settlement in the future. If you infringe on a patent, you should pay the licensing fees. If it was your intellectual property being misused without you getting paid then I can guarante...

Aug 13, 2010, 9:48 AM

database vs. search

Fun fight.

Both powerful but they make each other better. The search is world portal, and the database is the knowledge.

Aug 13, 2010, 8:13 AM

This could be bad

I think this is different than the Apple thing. Given that, this could be potentially damaging to the cell phone industry given the popularity of the Android system. If Oracle wins this lawsuit, say goodbye to google and android. Back to good ol' Windows operating system on cells. LOL. This can't happen, if anything, google should offer to allow Oracle to partner so the Android system stays. Its all about making money, but you can't make money if you piss off the consumer. Right?
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