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Oracle Sues Google Over Java in Android

  • August 13, 2010
  • By Developer.com Staff

Oracle is going after Google and its open source Android mobile operating system, claiming that "Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property."

The H Open reported today, "Oracle took possession of the rights to the Java programming language when it acquired Sun in the deal that was eventually closed earlier this year. According to the filing, published on Scribd, Oracle says that Android infringes the US patents which were originally granted to Sun: 6,125,447, 6,192,476, 5,966,702, 7,426,720, RE38,104, 6,910,205 and 6,061,520."

And CNET's Tom Krazit said Oracle is alleging that "'Google has been aware of Sun's patent portfolio, including the patents at issue, since the middle of this decade, when Google hired certain former Sun Java engineers.' Google CEO Eric Schmidt led the team that developed Java at Sun prior to becoming CEO of Novell, and later Google in 2001. Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of operations and a Google Fellow, also played a significant role in Java's development in the 1990s, and apparently other Sun engineers have joined Google in the intervening years."


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