Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt is not happy with Oracle Corporation CEO Larry Ellison’s interview with CBS. Schmidt said that Google typically tries to avoid getting dragged into public battles with other companies, but he has received a lot of questions about Google taking Oracle’s “stuff.” Schmidt believes that Google did not take Oracle’s stuff and pointed out that the judgment of a U.S. District Court agrees with him.
Here is what Schmidt had to say:
“Here are the facts. In 2012, after Oracle sued Google for patent and copyright infringement in a case involving Java and Android, a jury found that we had not infringed Oracle?s patents. And the Court ruled that copyright could not be used to block others from using the ?structure, sequence and organization? of APIs, the language that allows different computer programs and systems to talk to each other. The ruling protects a principle vital to innovation: you cannot copyright an idea, like a method of operation. For example, no one can copyright the idea of adding two numbers together.
This case goes to the heart of the current and much-needed debate about patent reform. Patents were designed to encourage invention, not stop the development of new ideas and technologies.”