Oracle Sues Google Over Android’s Use Of Java

The news is hitting the wires that Oracle is suing Google over their use of Java in the Android OS:

“In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement,” said Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman.

News.com gives a lot more details including listing the patents that Google is accused of violating. There’s also this little piece of info:

“Google has been aware of Sun’s [Now owned by Oracle] patent portfolio, including the patents at issue, since the middle of this decade, when Google hired certain former Sun Java engineers.” Google CEO Eric Schmidt led the team that developed Java at Sun prior to becoming CEO of Novell, and later Google in 2001. Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of operations and a Google Fellow, also played a significant role in Java’s development in the 1990s, and apparently other Sun engineers have joined Google in the intervening years.

Ouch. That sounds like that Oracle thinks they have a smoking gun.

Meanwhile, you have to believe that “The Steve” is sitting back and enjoying this.

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