Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Aug 2010 01:32 UTC, submitted by JeremyPoulson
Legal I'm supposed to be asleep right now, but this news kind of hit me like a ton of bricks: Oracle is suing Google over its Android mobile operating system, claiming it infringes on its patented Java technology. Not a good week to be Google, is it?
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RE: Good news for .net?
by Alex Forster on Fri 13th Aug 2010 03:57 UTC in reply to "Good news for .net?"
Alex Forster
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Whoa, hit a nerve.

Like it or not, under Microsoft's patent exemption for C# this could never happen. Opensource or commercial, feel free to implement any of the following specifications without repercussion from Microsoft-

http://www.microsoft.com/interop/cp/default.mspx - Community promise (patents)
http://www.microsoft.com/interop/osp/default.mspx - Open specification promise (file format and protocol specs)

C# and the CLI are specified in separate standards, so, for example, Mono is allowed to compile C# to native Object-C/nibs and create an iPhone application without fear of falling outside of coverage by the community promise.

Google, who translates JBC to Dalvik bytecode, is getting sued because Java's patent exemption requires that you implement both the JVM and Java together and to spec, or else neither are covered.

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