Google has published its response to the accusations of patent infringement in Android by Oracle.
In a court filing Google denied seven patent-infringement charges related to the Dalvik virtual machine used in Android and asked for the single copyright-infringement claim to be dismissed.
The company also accused Oracle of hypocrisy, saying that before its takeover of Sun Oracle had been vocally in favour of open sourcing the Java Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK), before reversing its position.
“Only a couple of months later Oracle announced that it would be acquiring Sun. Since that time, and directly contrary to Oracle Corp.’s public actions and statements, as well as its own proposals as an executive member of the JCP [ Java Community Process], Oracle Corp. and Sun have ignored the open source community’s requests to fully open-source the Java platform,” it said.
Google’s Android mobile operating system is under attack from both Oracle and Microsoft over patent infringement, but based on the company’s opening arguments even open source advocates are unimpressed.
“As you know, I've dealt with Oracle and they're really a tough opponent, but Google knowingly and willingly did what it did and I don't see any indication that Oracle – or Sun – lured them into a trap,” Florian Mueller, founder of the No Software Patents campaign, told V3.co.uk.
“Google's defence disputes and denies everything. I expected that. A defendant will clutch to every straw he possibly can, and they can afford spending time and having lawyers spend time on it. They have the right and, vis-à-vis their shareholders, even the obligation to do so. But what I've seen hasn't surprised or impress.”
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