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Oracle sue Google

Written by Ben Evans on 20 August 2010

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Search engine behemouth Google has been sued by Oracle over Google's Android mobile phone operating system. Oracle claim that the Android system infringes their patents in Java.

The claim, filed in the Northern District of California, says:

"Google’s Android competes with Oracle America’s Java as an operating system software platform for cellular telephones and other mobile devices...the Android operating system software 'stack' consists of Java applications running on a Java-based object-oriented application framework, and core libraries running on a 'Dalvik' virtual machine (VM) that features just-in-time (JIT) compilation."

It went on: "Android (including without limitation the Dalvik VM and the Android software development kit) and devices that operate Android infringe one or more claims of each of United States Patents Nos. 6,125,447; 6,192,476; 5,966,702; 7,426,720; RE38,104; 6,910,205; and 6,061,520,"

Java itself allows programmers to write computer code that runs in various computing environments: "The Java platform is especially useful in that it insulates applications from dependencies on particular processors or operating systems...Google has purposefully, actively, and voluntarily distributed Android and related applications, devices, platforms, and services," it said. "Google has thus committed acts of patent infringement."

The claim itself asks for the impounding of anuthing containing the infringing software, needless to say this would include millions of phones and other devices, according to a statement from Oracle: "In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property...this lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement." Unsurprisingly Google has described the claim as "baseless".

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