Oracle and Google’s legal fight has finally made its way to the courtroom. The big name to appear was Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who was faced with a line of questioning vital to the case’s shift from patent disputes to copyright infringement. Citing “emails” yesterday, an Oracle attorney states that Google took its intellectual property in order to gain an edge in the smartphone market. According to Oracle, Google’s Android operating system tramples on its intellectual property rights to Java, which it acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems in 2010. Google says it does not violate Oracle’s patents and that Oracle cannot copyright certain parts of Java.
Over on this, “I know there’s some disputes about some files,” Google’s Page said, noting that Ellison had informed him about the allegations over a dinner meeting. He went on to say that examples had never been sent, “I’m assuming because there wasn’t very strong evidence.” Page also stated that he was not involved personally in ensuring that Google employees working on Android didn’t have access to Sun or Oracle intellectual property. He pointed to Android head Andy Rubin states that he “didn’t have any formal reporting relationship with me.”