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Oracle is Suing Google Over Java. There’s Just One Tiny Problem…

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Oracle is suing Google over Java. I’m really curious to see what legal ground Oracle is going to be using considering that Sun’s previous CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, officially congratulated Google the day they announced Android:

I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of others from Sun in offering my heartfelt congratulations to Google on the announcement of their new Java/Linux phone platform, Android. Congratulations!

This has always struck me as a very odd thing to do for a CEO considering that Android didn’t license Java (and as such, was not allowed to use the word “Java” anywhere). I’m guessing that such a blog post would count as a clear indication that Sun was not interested in aggressively defending the Java trademark, and once you go down that path, you lose a lot of credibility in court.

I think it’s going to be an uphill battle for Oracle, but I have to give credit to Larry Ellison for making the tough choices that the two past Sun CEO’s never had the courage to make.

From http://beust.com/weblog/2010/08/12/oracle-is-suing-google-over-java-theres-just-one-tiny-problem/

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Fabrizio Giudici replied on Fri, 2010/08/13 - 8:25am

Answer (the names of the allegedly infringed patents):

“Protection Domains To Provide Security In A Computer System”
“Controlling Access To A Resource"
“Method And Apparatus For Preprocessing And Packaging Class Files”
“System And Method For Dynamic Preloading Of Classes Through Memory Space Cloning Of A Master Runtime System Process”
“Method And Apparatus For Resolving Data References In Generate Code”
“Interpreting Functions Utilizing A Hybrid Of Virtual And Native Machine Instructions”
“Method And System for Performing Static Initialization”


King Sam replied on Fri, 2012/02/24 - 10:37am

What if Google makes a open source fork of MySQL or any other database product better than Oracle to attack Oracle database clients base?

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