Oracle revealed that it had financial ties with two bloggers after a US judge gave instructions to the company and Google to disclose such connections.
Oracle named Prof. Paul Goldstein and Florian Mueller as the two bloggers it has worked with. Conversely, Google said it didn’t have relationships with any commenters, bloggers or journalists that write about the case.
Additionally, Google said further guidance is needed before they can reveal their financial ties. The US Judge’s main concern is the influence that online and offline journalists might have on the analysis of the case.
Oracle, a world leader in databases, computer servers, and other computer industry services, claims 1 billion dollars damages to compensate for Google’s use of Android system technologies.
The jury has concluded that there are no patent breaches. Right after the beginning of the trial, Mueller revealed he was giving consultations to Oracle.
The blogger has a large audience of industry professionals. During a press release related to the patent arguments, Mueller said that he “proactively announced a broadly-focused consulting relationship with Oracle, six months after announcing a similar working relationship with Microsoft.”
Furthermore, Oracle named Prof. Goldstein for cautionary measures, since the professor is connected with a law firm giving advice to Oracle. However, he never talked about the lawsuit between the two tech firms.