Oracle Sues Google for Patent Infringment, Drops OpenSolaris

Lora Bentley

Oracle announced late last week it is suing Google for infringing on its "Java-related intellectual property" in the Android development platform. In a statement, the company said:

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

Seven different patents are at issue, according to Ars Technica.


Google, of course, says the suit is baseless because it doesn't actually use Java in Android, but a Java-compatible technology called Dalvik. But as's Preston Gralla points out, that doesn't mean the suit won't hurt Google. Instead, he says:

[It] helps Microsoft at a time when Microsoft is particularly vulnerable in mobile... Windows Mobile has become practically a footnote in mobile, dropping to five percent of the market.

The suit also hurts Oracle, however, in that the company comes off as the "bad guy" to others in the open source community who use Java spinoffs, Ars Technica's Ryan Paul reports. More recent news that Oracle is dropping OpenSolaris does nothing but bolster the "bad guy" image, Channel Register reports.


In the meantime, the man known as the father of Java, James Gosling, says the lawsuit isn't really about patents and technology at all. He told eWEEK:

This suit is far more about ego, money and power.

Of course it is. Aren't they all?

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