Oracle has extended the scope of its lawsuit against Google over the use of Java APIs in Android to cover almost all versions of the platform.
Oracle said in a court filing on Wednesday that it wanted to add all versions of Android released since 2010 to the lawsuit, i.e. Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Kitkat and Lollipop.
The move means that almost all Android devices are now included in accusations of infringing Oracle’s patents given that most tablets and smartphones in the past five years have launched running one of these platforms, or will have upgraded.
Oracle accuses Google of using 37 APIs in Java in the Android platform without a licence in a case which dates as far back as 2011.
Furthermore, Oracle has used the latest filing to claim that Google’s use of Java in Android has been done in such a way that it has “destroyed” the market for Java as, although Android apps use Java, they are not compatible elsewhere, undermining the 'write once, run anywhere’ principle on which Java was built.
"Given the widespread dominance Android has achieved with its continued unauthorised use of the 37 Java API package over the past few years, Android has now irreversibly destroyed Java’s fundamental value proposition as a potential mobile device operating system," Oracle said.
“Google’s increasing domination of the mobile device market with Android and its continuing failure and refusal to make Android compatible with the Java platform has destroyed the potential value of a licensed derivative version of the Java platform in the mobile device market.”
V3 contacted Google for comment on the case but had received no reply at the time of publication.
The spat between Oracle and Google over Java has seen several twists and turns. Oracle's case looked to have been struck a major blow in 2012 when a judge ruled that Java could not be copyrighted.
However, Oracle managed to have this decision overturned in 2014 and has since set about pursuing Google for damages worth billions.
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