Oracle's patent claims against Google's use of Java in Android have been
defeated in a California courtroom jury trial. It's a victory for
Google. It's a victory for Android and it's a victory for the open
But it's not the end of the fight.
For one, Oracle will appeal. The other issue, is that Oracle really
isn't the only patent pariah out to get Android. There is still Microsoft.
Oracle's Samurai CEO Larry Ellison elected to go with the full frontal
assault against Google in a fair courtroom fight. Google responded in
kind to give us a real stand-up out front contest.
With Microsoft there is no such justice or fairness.
Microsoft has solicited every major Android vendor and claimed that
there is alleged patent infringement in Android that violates Microsoft
IP. Microsoft has never brought its claims to trial, there has never
been a fair fight. Microsoft's route is far more insidious, taking money
from Android without ever actually proving a claim.
Now that Oracle has been defeated once, Microsoft should be plenty
worried. Then again, Microsoft doesn't settle in courtrooms.
Still, wouldn't it be great if Google could get Microsoft into a court
of law to force them to prove their allegations? That would serve the
Android (and open source) ecosystem well as the FUD that Microsoft
continues to allege could finally be put to rest.
That's not likely to happen though. Oracle, for all of its stupidity in
the Android trial, to its credit did see their case through, they
followed through and didn't rely on FUD alone. Google correctly
challenged them and that's why we have a result today.
When it comes to patents, personally I prefer the courtroom model if
there needs to be a dispute. It's expensive, but it puts all the cards
on the table and exposes the fallacy on inane arguments for public
Put up or Shut the fsck up Monkeyboy!
|_|0|_| Marti T. van Lin, alias ML2MST