Oracle might be in its own tussle with Google over patents used in their Android smartphone platform, however, they're still trying to find ways to enter the smartphone market. It is reported that Oracle Corp Chief Executive Larry Ellison considered building a smartphone in house to compete against phone giants, Apple and Google. However, that idea was scrapped after a cost and market analysis session that went on for a week because Ellison felt that Oracle lacked the technological know-how in house to be able to compete in an already crowded smartphone market. That's when the idea of acquisitions came up. At the same meeting, the propects of acquiring BlackBerry maker, Research in Motion and smartphone maker Palm, which is currently owned by HP were discussed. However, at the end of the week long session, the idea of acquiring those two companies was also scrapped.
Oracle wanted to pick up RIM and Palm
Oracle is caught in a back and forth tussle with Google over Java patents used in Android. An attorney for Google has said in court that Oracle is trying to obtain a share of Android by asserting its intellectual property when it has no grounds to do so. The lawyer said that Oracle had nothing to do with the development of the smartphone platform. The fight started back in August of 2010 when Oracle sued Google over patent and copyright claims of the Java programming language. Oracle had acquired Sun Microsystems, the previous license owners of Java and therefore Google trampled over Oracle's intellectual property with their use of Java. Google, however, says that they did not violate any intellectual properties and that Oracle cannot copyright certain parts of Java.
Oracle's attorney has said that Google took "copyrighted" Java blueprints to harness the creative power of millions of Java software developers so they could write applications for Android. He said that Google, however, never obtained the proper license. The attorney has said, "You can't just step on someone's IP because you have a good business reason for it." So what do you think? Is Oracle just playing sleazy to make a quick buck or do they actually have a case? Let us know in the comments section below.
Published Date: Apr 18, 2012 12:48 pm | Updated Date: Apr 18, 2012 12:48 pm