Last night, Oracle filed a lawsuit against Google over Android, stating that their mobile OS infringes on seven different java patents. Oracle has the rights to these patents, and has since their acquisition of Sun Microsystems last year.
Google has issued the following statement in reply:
“We are disappointed Oracle has chosen to attack both Google and the open-source Java community with this baseless lawsuit. The open-source Java community goes beyond any one corporation and works every day to make the web a better place. We will strongly defend open-source standards and will continue to work with the industry to develop the Android platform.”
As to be expected, Google is seeing this lawsuit as an attack. Now that Google’s mobile OS is as big as it is, it would be conceivable that Oracle is simply trying to cash in on some big money.
Who do you think is truly in the clear here? Be sure to let us know in the comments.