Google Faces Suit Over Java in Android Mobile OS

Oracle this week filed a lawsuit against Google claiming that the Android operating system infringes on its Java patents and copyrights.

Does Google's Android operating system infringe on Oracle's Java patents and copyrights? That's the claim being made by Oracle this week in a major lawsuit against Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) over its use of Java in the mobile operating system.

"In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement," Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) spokesperson Karen Tillman said in a statement. Oracle, which is seeking a jury trial to address its complaints, did not respond to requests for additional comment from InternetNews.com by press time.

The allegations stem at least in part from patents previously owned by Sun Microsystems, which Oracle now possesses through its $7.4 billion purchase of Sun. A full copy of Oracle's complaint has been publicly posted online, which provides details of where Oracle sees the infringements in Android code.

"Android (including without limitation the Dalvik [virtual machine, included in Android] 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 6,061,520.14," Oracle's complaint states. "On information and belief, Google has been aware of Sun's patent portfolio, including the patents at issue, since the middle of this decade, when Google hired certain former Sun Java engineers."

Read the full story, "Oracle Sues Google Over Java in Android," at Datamation.com.


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