Google in 2006 declined to sign a US$100 million agreement with Sun Microsystems as payment in royalties to use Java in building then new operating system, Android, before Oracle acquired the bankrupt company together with the programming language’s patents and copyrights, a Google lawyer stated.
At a San Francisco federal court hearing yesterday, Google attorney Robert Van Nest cleared allegations about the search giant’s US$100 million proposal in 2006 to team up with Sun Microsystems, saying the deal was for a tech partnership to build Android together, not just for Java patent licensing.
Meanwhile, a court granted business software giant Oracle authorization to let Google CEO Larry Page testify on his understanding of the dead deal that now induced a patent infringement case against his company.
Redwood City, Ca-based Oracle is expecting to receive over US$6.1 billion in damages from Google, claiming the latter created Android while infringing Java patents and copyrights.
Google disagreed and asked District Judge William Alsup to discard Oracle’s miscalculated cost of damages.