So, everyone is aware that Java platform maker Oracle is amid a courtroom grapple with Google over whether Java patents were infringed in the search engine’s mobile operating system Android, but not everyone is clued in to the defendant’s intriguing side of the story.
According to Google’s money slides (via ZDNet), the heart of Google’s defense is summarized in three clear-cut points: Java code was free and openly available to the public; Google did not violate any patents or copyrights when developing Android; and, Oracle is disgruntled due to its and Sun’s failed attempts to market a Java-based platform for smartphones.
The crux of Google’s argument: Oracle and Sun failed to popularize Java, so it is now using the court system as a publicized tantrum to regain some of what it lost—or could not earn— in the marketplace.
It is worth mentioning that Google’s Senior Vice President of Mobile Andrew Rubin, who is also the cofounder and former CEO of Danger, Inc., and Android, Inc., oversaw the implementation of Java in Danger, but Microsoft acquired the company in 2008 for roughly $500 million.
Take a gander at Google’s money slides that make use of a bright red “FAILED” stamp while highlighting key points of evidence:
- Oracle rejects Google’s offer to pay royalty on Android as too low (9to5google.com)
- Oracle on Android: ‘Each day’s worth of activations likely generates approximately $10 million in annual mobile advertising revenue for Google’ (9to5google.com)
- Groklaw: Oracle’s case against Google dwindles down to a minute fraction of its original $6B (9to5google.com)