Google accused of violating patents in Android phones

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August 18, 2010 – Last week on Thursday Oracle filed a lawsuit against Google, charging that the Internet giant’s Android software infringes on patents it now holds due to the recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

Oracle called on a federal court to stop Google from using Java technology patented by Sun and pay an unspecified amount in damages along with legal fees.

The 5.17-billion-euro (7.57-billion-dollar) deal for Sun, a one-time Silicon Valley star and developer of the popular Java programming language, was completed in January giving Oracle possession of the firm’s patent library.

“Google’s Android competes with Oracle America’s Java as an operating system software platform for cellular telephones and other mobile devices,” Oracle said in its legal filing.

“The Android operating system software ‘stack’ consists of Java applications running on a Java-based object-oriented application framework, and core libraries running on a Dalvik virtual machine that features just-in-time compilation.”

Google-backed Android software is used in an array of devices that have been gaining ground in the hotly competitive global smartphone market.

Oracle argued that Google has been aware of Sun’s patent portfolio since it hired former Java engineers years ago.

Google did not respond to an AFP request for comment.

 

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    You have been sent by the Gods of mount Kenya. You are truly a servant of a people held in captivity by forces of individual greed. Move on; the great grandson of Mumbi !!!.Limuru IIA was driven by merchants of impunity who never realize their victims are dying under their weight. A day to the Limuru II convention, I watched Kiraitu Murungi declaring; “We shall use the day to chart the way forward for CENTRAL”.Some thing is utterly wrong with that pronouncement because Kiraitu comes from EASTERN.

  • Mwangijurist

    Do you listen to yourself,,

  • Boiyot

    I do hope the IDPs are reading and hearing about all this. 
    If I was a Kikuyu living in Rift Valley, I would never depend on the GEMA leaders from Central/Eastern to chart a way out for me to co-exist with my neighbours (I know this should be a given right, but we all know it’s not).
    If someone organised those clashes, what guarantees does anyone have that they won’t do it again apart from them being in jail?
    GEMA might have had the good of the community at heart to start with, but as articulated above, it’s even sad that it is being let to happen.
    Imagine if another community group was to come up and (God forbid) say our main purpose is to stop someone from the GEMA block ascending to the presidency? What would be the reaction?
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  • Mwangi Nderitu Robert

    We need sober minded and right thinking Kenyans to rise up, stand and address issues that will bring Kenyans together regardless of ethnic or regional backgrounds. We need healing and cohesiveness for Kenya to move forward to a greater lengths in fostering peace, love, unity and development. Kenya cannot be developed through individual rhetoric and playing to the public gallery when someone is cornered in any suspicion. Uhuru’s approach to rallying a tribal agenda is completely wrong. The naked insults and scare-mongering directed to only one person that he knows and he is flatly very sure cannot and whom he has decided to block by instilling unnecessary fear to his sympathisers that the person will not become the president of this country is completely misplaced. His suspicion and any wrong if proved guilty is his individual concern – not a community concern. My humble appeal to my fellow GEMA brothers and sisters is that we should embrace and work with the rest of people from other communities. We should not be very selfish and arrogant that only our sons and daughters were born with a right to be leaders of this great nation of Kenya. Lets give other people their chances to sell their agenda and vision to all Kenyans including ourselves. Lets allow all to campaign and tell us the what their action plan for Kenya is, especially I would love to see a leader who will pick up the development agenda from where Kibaki’s administration has tried to do ‘fairly’ for every corner of this nation. Let us not be selfish and be ready to embrace and mingle will all Kenyans. The Kiraitu’s / Lawi’s GEMA version approach to on going issues is completely misplaced in this time and age. PEACE LOVE UNITY & DEVELOPMENT IN WORKING NATION!

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