Google Points Out That Oracle Asked Sun To Open Source The Java Tech It's Now Suing Google Over

from the ah,-history dept

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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    out_of_the_blue, 6 Oct 2010 @ 5:57am

    "While I don't think that actually matters from a legal perspective"

    Then why the devil is Google or you bringing up the point? Of course the previous attitude of a party matters to any reasonable jury, besides public opinion. Perhaps you're saying that legalistic weenies would ignore the point, but that only proves why juries are selected from the people, not those who serve the legal guild.

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