Oracle seeks ban on Android

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Oracle Corp will ask a jury next week to find that Google Inc stole its intellectual property to make Android software in a trial that a federal judge called the "World Series of IP cases."

Oracle, the database maker seeking to wring profit from its $7.4 billion 2010 acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc (JAVA), is seeking $1 billion in damages and an injunction to block Android software that allegedly infringes patents it owns through Sun. Google, whose Android software is running on more than 150 million devices, denies any infringement and says the Oracle- owned technology it used isn't covered by copyright.

"This is the World Series of IP cases," US District Judge William Alsup , who will preside over the trial in San Francisco, told lawyers for both companies March 28. "Only one winner comes out of the World Series."

The eight-week trial is scheduled to begin April 16 with jury selection. Oracle alleges that Google copied parts of the Java programming language
platform when designing the Android operating system without taking a license. The arrangement and structure of 37 application programming interfaces, or APIs -- tools used for building software applications -- Google used are original expressions that are copyrightable, Oracle's attorneys have said.



'Art, not a science'

"We're talking about the design of the libraries by designers who are designing something that is an art, not a science, and that is creative," Oracle lawyer Michael Jacobs said in a March 28 court hearing.

More than 97 per cent of Android phones active in the past two weeks contain copied code, Oracle said in an April 5 court filing. An injunction is needed to stop Google from distributing infringing products to phone makers, the
Redwood City
, California-based company said. Alsup would decide after the trial whether an injunction is warranted if the jury finds Google infringed.

Settlement talks held April 2 and in September failed to resolve the lawsuit.

Developed by Sun in the mid-1990s, Java lets developers write programs that work across different operating systems and on a variety of computers. It formed a key building block of the Web and is widely used in business applications. The software also runs on billions of mobile devices.



Oracle seeks ban on Android - The Times of India
 

Jaymin

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Jealousy can drive companies to any extent really. They must be thinking that how the hell such stuff can be distributed open source! The profit hungry corporates are always after those who are open source......be it Apple and Oracle doing nit picking against Google, or be it Microsoft against Google or other open source desktop OSes.
 

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is this new? google and oracle have been fighting it out in courts for a long time now and oracle is now struggling with judge mocking their claims.
 

Sushubh

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i wonder how much money samsung would have to pay apple in the name of court fees!or maybe not considering they won. oracle lost in this case.
 


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Had this case gone against Android.

Apple's stock price would have surged like anything!!

Cat would have won in the fight of monkeys!

But then all judges in world may not want to buy expensive iPhones! Hence the "fair use"! :D
 

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The fight is not over. oracle would appeal the case though this is a strong win for fair use. EFF was quite happy with the outcome even though they are quite critical of Google. This is also a great win for companies using open source technologies in their products.
 

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