Google to Defend Android, Open Source Vs. Oracle Suit

Aug 14th, 2010 | By technologynews | Category: Technology
Google to Defend Android, Open Source Vs. Oracle Suit
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Google August 13 called Oracle’s patent infringement lawsuit
against the search engine “baseless” and vowed to “strongly
defend” open source standards and protect its Android operating
system.

“We are disappointed Oracle has chosen to attack
both Google and the open-source Java community with this baseless lawsuit”
a Google spokesperson told eWEEK.

“The open-source Java community goes beyond any one
corporation and works every day to make the web a better place. We will
strongly defend open-source standards and will continue to work with the
industry to develop the Android platform.”

Oracle
sued Google August 12, alleging the company infringed on 7 patents and other
copyrights related to Java. Oracle acquired thousands of Java-related patents through
its $5.6 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems, later renamed Oracle America.

Android includes Java applications running on a
Java-based application framework and core libraries running on a Dalvik virtual
machine.

According to the suit, “Google actively distributes Android (including without limitation
the Dalvik VM and the Android software development kit) and promotes its use by
manufacturers of products and applications.”   

Android is wildly successful, shipping in 200,000
smartphones per day. Android-based smartphones
outsold Apple’s popular iPhone in units shipped for the second quarter,
according to Nielsen and others.

Despite negotiations, Google did not have a licensing
agreement with Sun for Java, but Sun let Google slide. Oracle revived talks
after acquiring Sun but this discussions broke down after the two parties
couldn’t agree on licensing fees, according to the
Wall Street Journal.   

For that reason, Oracle is suing to enjoin Google from
facilitating Android development and is seeking damages because it claimed
Google engineers were aware of the patents.

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