Yep, that’s right folks it seems that Oracle is now going after Google in the latest of rash of big tech companies suing other big tech companies over what they see as patent and copyright infringements. This one is particularly noteworthy because Oracle has some major clout, deep pockets and the will to be a pain in Google’s backside.
Oracles alleges that Google’s Android OS infringes upon some of Oracle’s patents and copyrights associated with its Java platform that they picked up in their acquisition of Sun Microsystems earlier this year for 7.4 billion dollars. “In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property”, said Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman in a statement.
I won’t bore you with the nitty gritty details but Oracle is basically saying that everything Android and conversely all devices currently running Android infringe on one or more of their patents. Oracle further alleges that Google was aware of the patents and their alleged infringements since the early 2000’s when Google hired certain former Sun Java engineers, the most famous of those is current Google CEO who actually led the team that developed Java while he was at Sun in the 80’s and 90’s.
Oracle is trying to expand their influence across almost every sector of this tech industry and this is just another way to do that. In the end, Google will probably settle and pay Oracle some amount of damages and/or royalties to use the patents. But who knows, maybe Google decides to fight Oracle on this out of principle. From Oracle’s standpoint though I can’t blame them, that’s why you file patents and who knows if Sun had done better patent management and really got at companies for possible misuse or infringement on their patents which is just smart business, then maybe they would still be in business. What do you think, is Oracle right to go after Google on this? Should Google fight?What could this mean for the Android OS?
If you want to bore yourself with all the legal mumbo jumbo a full copy of the complaint can be found here.