NEW YORK, 14th August: Oracle Corp sued Google Inc, alleging patent and copyright infringement in the development of the popular Android smartphone software.
The suit, filed on Thursday in California federal court, claims that Google “knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property” in developing Android, Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman said in a statement. “This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies.”
Oracle acquired Java through its $5.6 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems earlier this year. Analysts said the suit against Google could signal that Oracle intends to be more aggressive in seeking licensees for Java, a technology that is used in many types of Internet-based products.
A Google spokesman said he could not comment on the lawsuit as the company had not had a chance to review it yet. Analysts say Google’s Android operating system uses portions of Java technology.
About 200,000 smart phones and other devices based on the Android operating system are sold each day, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt had claimed at a conference on August 4.