Google Sued by Oracle over Alleged Patent Infringement

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Google's having a hard time making friends this week

It seems that Google is making a lot of enemies this week, whether they mean to or not. Now it's Oracle, who alleges that Google's Android OS has infringed on seven of their patents and copyrights. The patents and copyrights in question were obtained when Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems for $5.6 billion, and relate to Java software.

In it's complaint, Oracle claims that Google has known about Sun's patent portfolio, including the patents in question since "the middle of this decade, when Google hired certain former Sun Java engineers." Oracle states that Java is "one of the most important technologies Oracle acquired with Sun," according to the complaint.

They say that Android developers have been making unlicensed use of the Java copyrights. According to MarketWatch, neither Google or Oracle have commented on the matter.

Oracle also says in the complaint that they seek unspecified damages as well as for any software that violates their copyright to be "impounded and destroyed."

[via MarketWatch]

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