More fireworks expected in Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL)’s suit against Alphabet
Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) has already revealed secretive deals around Android that have made Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) uncomfortable. Those secrets include one that alleges that Google paid Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) $1 billion so it could keep Google Search on iPhone. With the next round of Oracle-Alphabet contest over Java in Android beginning on May 9, source says that Oracle intends to unleash more bombshells.
Oracle is contesting Google’s use of Java software in Android. It claims that the way Google used the software in Android amounts to copyright violation. As such, Oracle is seeking compensation for the alleged illegal use of Java by Google. The company initially sought to have Google compelled to pay it $6 billion in damages, but a judge objected to the request saying that the amount Oracle was seeking was ridiculously too high.
Multipronged legal battle
Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL)’s lawsuit against Google over the alleged unfair use of Java in Android has been broken down into three parts. The first part deals with copyright violation, which is about determining whether Google indeed copied Java in Android.
The second part is about patent violation, which is about determining if Google infringed Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL)’s patent by using Java code in Android and failing to pay for it.
Then the last part deals with damages whereby Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) seeks compensation from Google if found that it copied Java and violated applicable patent rights.
Google copied Java
Already, it has been determined that Google used Java in Android and what will follow in the next contest is whether the usage amounts to patent infringement. If Google makes the court believe that its use of Java in Android is covered by “fair use” policy and did violate Oracle’s patent, there will be no penalty.
But to try and prove its point against Google, sources say that Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) is going to leave nothing to chance. It will continue to spill the beans to show that Google has too much to hide, which should convince those determining the case that Google has a case to answer in the Java row.
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