by Mike Masnick
Wed, Oct 6th 2010 12:25am
NSILMike points out that Google has now responded to the lawsuit Oracle filed against it over Java-related patents that Oracle got when it took over Sun. The response covers all the usual stuff that you find in every response to a patent lawsuit (i.e., "we didn't infringe on any of these patents, and even if we did, the patents are invalid"). However, it also includes some background on Java, and the fact that Sun had promised to open source the whole thing, but kept some of it back (the part that's now in question). But what makes it a bit more complicated is that it has Oracle on record urging Sun to finish the job and more fully open source Java. While I don't think that actually matters from a legal perspective, you could see it potentially influencing the overall case.
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