Oracle seeking damages in billions from Google pertaining to Java Patent lawsuit

Oracle America, Inc v. Google Inc, 10-3561.

Brief summary: The dispute which surfaced between the Google  Inc and Oracle centres on the Java programming language, on infringement of Android mobile operating technology which was owned by Oracle after the acquisition of same from  Sun Microsystems in 2010 has seen a new turn when Judge William Alsup sided with Oracle on the matter, but has left it open for Google to renew its request “after a more complete evidentiary record has been developed through discovery”.

Oracle said it did not object to having the information about its damages become public and thus seeking damages “in the billions of dollars” from Google Inc.

The language allows developers to write software that work across different operating systems and platforms and was originally distributed freely. Google developed Android as a mobile phone operating system, which is installed on some of the biggest selling mobile phone devices, including Motorola and HTC phones. Android  is freely distributed and can be used without needing to buy a licence.

In relation to Java copyright infringement by Android. Google had argued that if any protected Oracle works are present in Android, they adhere to fair use standards.Oracle filed a response in opposition to Google saying the copyright infringements it originally cited “represent only a snapshot of our case taken at the time they were submitted,” and that discovery proceedings should reveal additional copyright violations.

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