Patent war between large corporations is ongoing and practically every moment we hear a dispute and demanding a great deal of compensation for the use of the technology in question. One of the loudest and longest disputes between Oracle and Google and Java technology.
For nearly six years, both companies have been battling each other in copyright infringement against Java APIs used on the Android platform. Oracle has patents on the technology, accusing Google of its unlawful use on the mobile operating system, and demands a vengeful $ 9.3 billion in damages.
Interestingly, Oracle is not the creator of this technology. The company took over in early 2010 with Sun Microsystems and almost immediately sued Google for unlawful use of patents.
The case is not so easy, because the victory tilt is tilted one on one to the other side of the conflict. Some time ago, the court found Google guilty of violating the rights to at least 37 Java APIs, but in the next trial, judge William Alsup changed his sentence, believing that the API was not subject to copyright protection laws. However, the Court of Appeal considers otherwise and orders the case to be re-examined.
Google has always emphasized that it can use the Java APIs for authorized use, which allows limited copying of copyrighted material. This will be the defense line of the American concern, during the next hearing scheduled for May this year. However, if the court does not recognize it, then the Mountain View company will have to pay a huge compensation to its rival.
The sum is so high, because Oracle considered it worth $ 475 million in damages and $ 8.83 billion in profits from Google’s Android and app sales. The online giant does not agree with such a damage assessment, and claims that compensation should only be based on gains from applications where the code was used and used in a small portion of the software, so that the claim can be up to $ 100 million.