K.O. Fight – I am talking about the legal battle that kicks off between Oracle and Google starting from Monday. Citing “emails”, 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.
Oracle attorney Michael Jacobs said Google took copyrighted Java “blueprints” to harness the creative power of millions of Java software developers, so they then could write applications for Android. However, Google never obtained the proper license, he said. “You can’t just step on someone’s IP because you have a good business.
Google’s opening statement is scheduled to take place on Tuesday morning. Back in 2005, Android chief Andy Rubin sent one to Google co-founder Larry Page proposing to take a license to Java. “We’ll pay Sun for the license,” Rubin wrote. But according to Jacobs, a May 2007 email from Rubin to then-CEO Eric Schmidt shows that Google consciously decided against taking a license.
Earlier, Oracle and Google are not intended to end the dispute our Java Patents to end soon, as US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal had issued a court order stating that the two parties have failed to reach a mutually acceptable solution to their disagreement. Google earlier proposed to pay Oracle a percentage of Android revenue if Oracle could prove patent infringement.