August 17, 2011

FOSS Patents: #Oracle v. #Google update: summary judgment pressure and #Motorola Java license fallacy

Over the last couple of days, a number of new documents have been filed in Oracle v. Google. I'll take a look at the most important ones of those. The two key issues here are a piece of evidence that could almost singlehandedly win the willful infringement part of the case for Oracle, and a set of four summary judgment motions filed by Google in hopes of having certain aspects of the case (including some absolutely critical ones) resolved in its favor by the judge even ahead of trial. The most important one of those proposed motions would have wide-ranging ramifications if granted in full. It would basically allow open source and other free-of-charge software to infringe a large percentage of all software-related patent claims.

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