Oracle v World Starts in October 2011

The judge is insisting he wants the trial to be before November so he doesn’t have to retrain staff on the details of the Oracle v Google suit. I am looking forward to that trial as it could put software patents down a peg, put Oracle in its place, and secure Android a bit. The explosive growth of Android might slow if Oracle gets its way.

see Oracle v World

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
This entry was posted in technology. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Oracle v World Starts in October 2011

  1. Not at all. The few pieces we know about that may be present in violation were test files and not the actual code that gets distributed with the devices so there are no grounds to block distribution. There are millions of lines of code and a few dozen don’t constitute substantial violation. None of them are involved in the “patents” either. The patents in question are absurdly obvious and precluded by prior art.

    Google has the copyright issues teed up pretty well I say. see http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20110216210828960

    Google has the patents also heading out of the park: see http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20101111114933605 and Dalvik is not a Java VM so no licence is required of Oracle for use of it. Oracle’s patents do not cover Dalvik.

    Barnes and Noble have a winning case against M$ similarly. see http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20110427052238659

  2. Copyguy says:

    The problem Google has is that they have lost the copyright portion of the trial, and it is in Oracles right to get an injunction and have all of the droid devices that are in consumer hands destroyed. The only way Google can save themselves is to write a very big check on the order of $20 – $30B

    Now enter the patent case. Every statement that Oracle will make during trial will be about how Google stole this, or how Google stole that. Google could have easily purchased a licenses, but instead they stole Oracle copyrighted code etc. etc.

    Granted the trial is on facts, but add the above into a jury trial, and Google will lose. When the issues are balanced, then you can go either way, but add the fact that Google will have lost the copyright case in summary judgment- the bed is pretty well made.

    My view – Google writes very big check $20-30B and settles out of court with a licenses fee paid to Oracle. Because the check is so big, Google will need to put the amount on the SEC filings.

Leave a Reply