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Oracle throws down a legal gauntlet at Google

Says Android infringes Java patents and copyrights
Fri Aug 13 2010, 12:23

FULL SERVICE IT VENDOR Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google for alleged patent and copyright infringement over Java.

Oracle's complaint filed on Thursday claims that Google's Android operating system trespasses on its intellectual property in a number of ways.

"In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement," said Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman.

Scrbd has posted the legal complaint in its entirety. The main accusations centre on not one or two but seven patents that Google has allegedly infringed in Android, as follows, United States Patents Numbers:

6,125,447, 6,192,476, 5,966,702, 7,426,720, RE38,104,6,910,205 and 6,061,520.

Oracle said the patent issue arose after Google employed former Java engineers and turned them to writing software code for its Android operating system. It is seeking a jury trial and damages for Google's alleged unjust profits gained from its alleged patent and copyright infringement.

Oracle is also asking for an injunction to stop Google from selling Android. We're sure that Oracle's lawyers and bean counters have been rubbing their paws over Google's financial results and Gartner reports of smartphone sales. Smartphones running the Android OS have been selling like hotcakes this year, especially in the US. µ


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