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Oracle sues Google for Java patent, copyright infringement

In a brief press release issued late Thursday afternoon, Oracle said it has filed suit against Google, alleging patent and copyright infringement as part of its development of Android.The company offered no details and the release contained a simple two-sentence quote from Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman:In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property.
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In a brief press release issued late Thursday afternoon, Oracle said it has filed suit against Google, alleging patent and copyright infringement as part of its development of Android.

The company offered no details and the release contained a simple two-sentence quote from Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman:

In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement.

Earlier today, Gartner released data that showed big gains for Android-powered devices and, if it stays on this track, it's set to surpass Research in Motion and become the No. 2 mobile phone platform, second to Symbian. The company also announced some enhancements to Android today and this week saw the release of its latest smartphone, the Motorola Droid 2 for Verizon Wireless.

Company CEO Eric Schmidt has previously said that about 200,000 Android-powered devices are activated daily.

Oracle said Google is infringing on seven patents. Here's the complaint via CNet News:

Oracle's complaint against Google for Java patent infringement

See also:

  • Oracle sues Google: Looking for a piece of the mobile pie
  • Oracle uses James Gosling patent to attack Google and Android developers
  • Oracle sues Google: titanic clash over Java platform looms
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