Google calls Oracle Android lawsuit ‘baseless’

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Google calls Oracle's Android lawsuit "baseless"

After having about a day to look over Oracle’s patent lawsuit against Google Android regarding Java, the search giant has called the complaint “baseless.” This could mean that Google is gearing up for a legal fight.

A Google spokesperson said:

We are disappointed Oracle has chosen to attack both Google and the open-source Java community with this baseless lawsuit. 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.

In its complaint, Oracle said the Google Android mobile operating system infringes upon multiple intellectual property patents regarding Java. Android is based on Linux but much of its application layers use Java. Oracle is also saying the Android Software Development Kit also infringes upon some of its patents.

Java was once thought to be a write-once, run everywhere language but it never quite lived up to that billing thanks to multiple forking. It’s still quite versatile, though.

Parts of Java were made available under an open source license by Sun and Oracle spent about $5 billion to acquire Sun and its applicable Java patents.

Google doesn’t appear like it will back down soon, which could mean a long, drawn-out legal battle. in general, these types of lawsuits take years and years to resolve and most end up with a settlement and out-of-court licensing agreement.

We have seen an explosion of mobile patent lawsuits over the last few years because technology giants are all trying to carve out their own space in the future of computing.

We hate covering these legal issues but there are legitimate reasons to protect your patents. We just express concern when overly broad patents are granted and defended because it could potentially stifle innovation.

  • Dave

    oracel = dooshbags. Patents = stiffled innovation. Fashion industy has no patent system, it thrives even when in resession.

  • rapandey

    It's not just attack to the Google but it's attack to the whole Open Source Technology.
    Java does not belong to Oracle…. and any one is free to use any Open Source Technology.

    • ann headey

      actually it does

  • annonymous

    I just finished uninstalling Java run time libraries by Oracle from my computer, will file request from major sites and services that will attempt to use Java by oracle run time libraries to find other means of getting their services on my computer and all major office computers I manage. And I advice you to do the same. The monster (with clear intent of getting rich off this lawsuit) must go down!! And I advice you to do the same.

  • @eBooksDatabase

    It's not just attack to the Google but it's attack to the whole Open Source Technology << Agree

  • Jankos

    In other news, google buys oracle…

  • Mike

    One word: SCOracle

  • Derp

    Java? Oh yeah. That language I used in school when getting my CS degree and have not used since I graduated 10 years ago. Do people still make their machines insecure by installing the java runtime?

  • Luis S

    Oracle is just trying to cash in the Android success, but as stated above, this goes far beyond Google/Oracle/Java but it hurts the open source community as a whole. What about other applications written in Java such as Jira, Kodak, and Limewire to name a few, are they also infringing the licensing terms? LAME!

  • Paul

    RIP Java
    Sun sues MS & C# was born
    Oracle is suing Google & did some body just say Go Language?

  • Nevyn

    Anyone actually know what the patents are about? Remember, only parts of Java were ever opened up. There are still patents on it.

    While I don't think software patents benefit anyone in the long term, an educated complaint comes across so much better than the lame hyperbole that seems to be prevalent in the comments thus far.

    Patents are still something that America will keep fighting for and so we're going to have to live with them. If that means that legal battles like this one pop up every now and again, well, it just shows how silly software patents really are.

    Hooray for New Zealand for getting rid of software patents.

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