Google Emails Come Back to Bite in Java Patent Case Over Android - Application Development - News & Reviews - eWeek.com:
Several potentially damaging emails could make things rough for Google if the patent infringement lawsuit Oracle has brought against Google is tried, particularly in front of a jury.
Google may face an uphill battle defending itself in a jury trial against Oracle if some potentially damaging emails are introduced at trial.
Google’s defense in its patent infringement battle with Oracle is that the search giant did not infringe—and in particular, did not willfully infringe—Oracle’s Java patents. However, new documents that have been made public from early hearings in the case suggest that Google may have pushed on with a Java strategy despite not having secured a license to use the technology in building Android.