A jury returned a favorable verdict for Google today in their trial with Oracle over use of Java API’s in Android. The jury, after three days of deliberation, says that Google’s re-implementation of 37 Java APIs is protected by “fair use.”
I’m no copyright specialist, but this is good news for both Google and developers. Not only does this save Google from what could have been a multi-billion dollar settlement, it alleviates some worries of developers who use public and open APIs for their own software. (more…)
According to court documents made public this week by Oracle, Google has made a ton of cash from the Android mobile operating system. In total, taken from what Google says is information from confidential and internal financial documents, a revenue of $31 billion has been posted, with profit at $22 billion. This money stems mainly from advertisements seen on Android devices, as well as money made from Google Play.
This information was made available in Oracle’s ongoing court battle with Google, with Oracle claiming Google used Java software without paying for it to develop Android. Google is urging a San Francisco federal judge to redact and seal portions of the public transcript from last week’s hearing where this information was made public. (more…)
When Android N rolls out at the end of next year, Google will have switched over to OpenJDK, the open source Java Development Kit from Oracle, instead of the proprietary JDK that Google currently uses for its Java APIs. According to VentureBeat, who confirmed the change with Google after Hacker News first noticed a big code commit to OpenJDK, Google is going with this open source JDK because Android is an “open-source platform” and so it makes sense that they go this route to not only simplify code for developers to build apps, but it also allows them to make “more contributions to the OpenJDK project.”
In a decision sure to discourage advocates of open-source and freely licensed software, a three-judge Federal Circuit panel recognized that certain parts of the Java programming language are protected by Oracle Corp copyrights.
The decision stems from a suit filed by Oracle in 2010, which partly alleges that Google knowingly cloned 37 Java language APIs – “hooks” that allow programs to interact with one another, like Disqus and Facebook – in the Android operating system. Oracle argued that such “hooks” were copyrightable, and therefore subject to protection under the law. The company initially sought $1 billion in damages and royalties on every Android device sold. (more…)
Poor Oracle. After suffering a loss in a battle against Google concerning Java and Android patent fun-stuff, the court is ordering the company to pay Google’s legal fees, totaling no more than $300,000. To sum it all up, at the beginning of the trial the court said that if they felt Oracle was dragging the cases along and wasted the court’s time, a large fee would be the outcome. Better luck next time, Oracle.
Chalk up another win for Google and Android. Today, the jury in what a judge called the “longest civil trial” he had been a part of, decided that Google did not infringe on Oracle’s patents. This marks an end to a painful process that saw the likes of Andy Rubin and Larry Page take the stand to defend their use of Java in Android.
Feel free to cheers your phone this afternoon at happy hour.
In a letter to the court concerning a recent Java-related patent infringement case against Google (go figure), Oracle has divulged that it is their belief that Google earns roughly $10 million each day in annual revenue from Android activations. Oracle did not mention how them came upon this number, but patent expert Florian Muller feels that they arrived at the alleged integer by basing it on the fact that Google earns roughly $14 per Android activation.
Oracle is also claiming that Google’s use of Java in Android now stretches far beyond just Android. This product is allowing them to grow Google+, make money from the Android Market, etc. If it isn’t clear yet, this is Oracle’s way of trying to raise the amount of money they feel they are owed by Google for allegedly using Java illegally. It’s a smart move and the assessment is probably fair whether any of us like it or not. Wait, did I just call a move made by a patent troll “fair?”
Via: BGR, Foss Patents
In the past few weeks, the tech world has been shadowed by a bunch of lawsuits filed by all of the big names. Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, and Google, all seem to be preparing for an epic showdown in the court room.
Two weeks ago though, Google made the huge announcement that they would be purchasing Motorola Mobility for the tune of $12.5 billion. The reason behind the purchase was quite obvious, in that Google needed the 17,000 patents that Moto held (7,500 additional still pending), to protect their beloved Android OS from other sue happy corporations. It is now making light, that 18 in particular of some 17,000 patents may be needed to secure the future of Android against other mobile operating systems. So of those 24,500 patents, it the battle for Android could come down to a select few. As in the wise words of Bart Simpson, “Ay caramba!”
This quote from patent lawyer David Mixon was put on record over at Phandroid:
One patent from 2001 disables a “touch sensitive” sensor when a smartphone is near a user’s head to prevent inadvertent hang-ups or dialing. Another from 1994 aims to increase data storage, while a third enables users to control when a global positioning system sends their location data over a network.
At the start of 2011, Google was the holder of just over 1,000 patents of their own, so adding Moto’s 17,000+ should definitely broaden their chances of crushing any lawsuits aimed at them. It is still anyone’s guess as to when this will all shake out, but this battle is far from over.
What is everyone’s views on all of the legal news? Getting tiresome? Maybe we can get #TeamGoog trending on Twitter?
Via: Phandroid, Bloomberg