The 'Battle of the Larrys' Oracle-Google Lawsuit Trial Delayed Until 2012

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A U.S. District Court judge says the long-awaited and predicted-to-be-epic court fight between Oracle and Google won't start until next year at the earliest. In fact, Judge William Alsup has tried to avoid the Clash of the Titans by inducing Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to talk things out with Google CEO Larry Page...an event that took place, apparently, but failed to produce any results, according to San Jose's BizJournal.

Oracle is suing Google, claiming that the search giant stole bits of Java technology for its wildly famous Android mobile operating system. Oracle acquired the intellectual property of Java when it bought Sun Microsystems back in January of 2010. Oracle is alleging that Google “knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property” and that it acquired much of this knowledge by hiring former Java engineers. 

Oracle maintains that Java itself is a mobile operating system competitor against Android, and that Google is using Java-derived technologies without a proper license, according to an article that appeared in CNet last year. As compensation, Oracle is demanding $6 billion from Google.

Google, for its part, denies Oracle's claims and has said that Oracle and other companies are hoping to undercut Android by filing patent infringement lawsuits, rather than competing fairly in the marketplace, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The judge had hoped Ellison and Page could avoid going to trial, as he commented that given the probable length and complexity of the process, it would be a “hardship” by anyone picked for the jury. Lawyers for both sides have been given until November 18 to file any objections they may have to the proposed trial plan.

Click here to view a copy of the PDF of the lawsuit. 


Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TechZone360. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

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