When Android still need to focus beating Apple IOS & Blackberry OS & not just mentioning Nokia Symbian, mobile phone patent lawsuit quicksand take Google for awhile. Some of the biggest IT major player hold it against the other because marketplace war zone in mobile computing really tight. Focus on the line actually between Samsung & HTC (backed up by Google Android) vs Apple. But Google still has to come clean first before Google helps the other in this mobile phone patent lawsuit. Google’s biggest challenge is coming from Oracle, Java programming patent holder.
Google Chief Executive, Larry Page has been ordered to testify before court as part of an mobile phone patent lawsuit in which Oracle has accused infringing on Java’s patents. Google now has been in bulls eye target turns out to be distraction of improvement Google’s product focus on Android free OS. Android itself now in the middle of extensive growing market in mobile OS.
Mobile phone patent lawsuit class action presents that Java’s code has been violating in intellectual property rights by Android and some of specific Java code even directly copied. After just over a month and a half since Oracle first sued Google, Google just filed official response on “baseless” to the lawsuit. Google says Android doesn’t infringe any of Oracle’s patents, geared up for war in fact point a finger to Sun and Oracle of unfair play when it comes to Java’s open-source license situation.
Google uses a subset of Apache Harmony Java implementation in Android while Java Standard Edition gone open source under the GPL in 2006 and 2007 but didn’t include patent or copyright license. In order to get license, developers have to demonstrate compatibility with the Java specification. The only way to demonstrate compatibility with Java specification is using Sun’s Technology Compatibility Kit/TCK.
Sun now put under by Oracle and Apache has been fighting over Java TCK/JCK for years. Sun/Oracle only give significant “field of use” restrictions including mobile phones restriction. And Apache never taken a JCK license to test Harmony. Google thinks this is unfair on this mobile phone patent lawsuit and that Oracle and Sun are just say it out loud that They don’t want Java to be open.
Google gotta knew it all along, where corporate greed try to destroy an open source project. Because Apache doesn’t have a license to test Harmony with the JCK, it doesn’t have a license for Sun’s Java patents and copyrights either. Google now use parts of Harmony in Android. Well, this present dog fight is only about if judicial court agrees with Google, Google has to win all seven claims for that strategy to work in this mobile phone patent lawsuit.
Rest of it, the problem arises when Google is losing even one of the claims, it’s gonna open huge problem in patent damages since Apache vs Sun dispute on public. Basically Oracle will never grant Apache JCK license as it was, since Google already put it at center of dispute. It’s gonna be messy when things finally sorted out but when it’s over, State of Java’s position in mobile world will be very different. Let see together where this will end up. In following picture below, You could see mapping of mobile phone patent lawsuit that still happens until this article been posted. This mobile lawsuit mapping pic is on courtesy of David McCandless & James Key.