Google replies to Oracle’s lawsuit, calls it “baseless” and “and attack”

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.

[via techcrunch]

  • vincent

    I believe google is in the clear, the statement, that of which they released makes perfect sense. Java is open source and no one company can contain such a large product to monopolize it, I think the lawsuit will be dropped and things will continue as is, this is just another thing that probably came up in the oracle board meeting, “were losing profits, how do we gain more income?” ” Uh sue google for using java boss.” Yada yada yada. Its so pointless. If android had failed as an operating system oracle would have not given two thoughts to this idea, although since google is so well at what they do Oracle has nothing better to do.

  • Jason

    In most cases, I consider passing judgments on ownership debates (even of Intellectual Property), without knowing some details, to be very dangerous. However, in this rare instance, I have to assume Google is in the clear, and also in the right. Fact is, Java has been wide-open for a long, long time. The JVM itself has been reimplemented as many times as the C compiler; and with each flavor, a different quantity of the original code is stolen, referenced, borrowed, or re-purposed. To attack one mutation (Android) is to set precedence to attack them all. Google is being targeted, not because its alleged infringement is the most significant. Google is being attacked simply because its got the biggest payout.

    If this is a situation of a developer scorn, I hope licensing and crediting can be adjust to accommodate. Conversely, if these claims are as base-less as they seem to be, I hope Oracle pays dearly for it, in reputation and in Java-core interest.

    As a corporation, Oracle’s business mentality consistently fails to compliment the integrity of their products.