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?
The news is quite fresh, so there’s very little to go by at this point. None of the two companies are available for comment at this point according to the WSJ. Oracle claims that Android infringes upon 7 different Java patents.
“In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property,” Oracle spokesperson Karen Tillman said in a statement.
Clearly a developing story. Isn’t Java like, you know, open source under the GPL?