Judge orders Oracle to cut patent infringement claims against Google from 132 to 3

Judge orders Oracle to cut patent infringement claims against Google from 132 to 3
Judge William Alsup, presiding over Oracle's patent infringement suit against Google, ordered the former to reduce the number of claims against the Mountain View based firm to 3 from the original 132. At the same time, the judge ordered Google to reduce the number of "prior art references"-the defense that Google is using-to 8 from a few hundred. A "prior art reference" is a term that is used when someone tries to show that before a company received a patent, the particular item being protected was already under a prior patent. It is a common defense used in these proceedings to show that-in the present case-Oracle's patents were invalid.

Last August, Oracle sued Google claiming that the Android OS infringed on a number of Oracle's patents and copyrights pertaining to Java. Those patents and copyrights became part of Oracle's intellectual property when the company bought Sun Microsystem. The suit was filed last August, as we reported.

source: AndroidandMe

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8 Comments

1. JaimeCarlos

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

A famous free software programmer once said that every piece of software written today is likely going to infringe on someone else's patent. It seems it's becoming a reality.

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol, I figured. Oracle themselves are just looking for a piece of the pie.

3. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

no duh... thats why they bought java--to get money off of android which basically copied java...although i think they wud have a better case if android charged money

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Are you referring to the functional similarity to the Brew interface?

6. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

no just the fact that they reordered the javame code to make android...

4. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

aple, oracle,etc,,, all about money again why not just head to head service competition

7. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

by making money, they give us better products... without a great iphone, there wud not be great android... without blackberry, there would be no business aspect... by making better products with the money they make, it means greater phones for everyone

11. Mike Tailer unregistered

Also remember that a patent infringement law suite can be a David-versus-Goliath confrontation. Defendants in patent infringement lawsuits are usually large corporations with unlimited resources, while plaintiffs in patent infringement lawsuits are often individuals or small businesses with very limited resources.

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