It`s been a bitter out-of-court battle, and now it has landed in the courtroom. Oracle is suing Google for patent and copyright infringement surrounding the Android operating system.
Oracle argued that Android uses Java technologies to compete with Java, which is itself a competitive mobile operating system. Google did not immediately respond to Oracle`s allegations. But in October, Google emerged with a response that Google`s platform, including its Dalvik virtual machine, does not violate Oracle`s intellectual property.
Google has called the suit an "attack on both Google and the open-source Java community," and has argued that Oracle`s claims are "baseless."
Google said although software applications for the Android platform may be written in the Java programming language, the Dalvik byte code is distinct and different from Java byte code. The Dalvik VM is not a Java VM.
But Oracle maintains that "in developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed on Oracle`s Java-related intellectual property."
Call it a battle of the tech titans -- and plenty is at stake as the arguments opened Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Oracle first filed the lawsuit in August 2010 and the case has been trying to make its way to trial since last October.
Google`s Thin Patent Portfolio
We called Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, to get his views on what to expect in the Oracle vs. Google patent trial. He told us the stakes are high for Google and Android.
"Oracle is going to try to make Google pay for [Oracle`s] Sun acquisition, which would be kind of ironic. That implies that if Google had bought Sun, shut it down and taken it for its patents it would have been a good deal," Enderle said.
"That`s something I don`t think Google realized. Google is slowly coming around to the idea that it needs some sort...
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