Oh look - it's more patent litigation. Thankfully, the players are different - or at least we haven't heard much about this particular case in a while. But it's patent litigation just the same. CNET News reports that a U.S. District Court for the District of California has granted Oracle's request to depose Google founder and new CEO Larry Page in the company's infringement suit involving Java technologies and the Android platform.
According to the order, quoted in Florian Mueller's FOSS Patents blog, Oracle may question Page
for a maximum of two hours, excluding breaks, solely on topics relevant to the willfulness of [Google's] alleged patent infringement, and the value of Android to [Google].
The suit is yet another shot at the Android mobile platform. Apple, of course, has filed several infringement suits against different companies whose handsets run the operating system. Most recently, a court ruled that Tawainese company HTC violated two different patents held by Apple. Moreover, as CNET writer Lance Whitney notes, the suit is a "distraction for Page" from the business of running his business.
If the original discovery schedule remains in place, Page will be deposed sometime before July 29.