Larry Ellison vs. Eric Schmidt: The Ultimate Bout

Posted Aug 13, 2010

Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) are getting ready to do battle. Its Larry Ellison vs. Eric Schmidt: the ultimate battle.

Yesterday Oracle sent out a press release stating that Google is infringing on their copyrights and patents that are related to Java. As you may remember, Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems this past year. The statement Oracle sent out stated that Google “knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property.”

In the complaint that was sent to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, it says that “Android (including without limitation the Dalvik VM and the Android software development kit) and devices that operate Android infringe one or more claims of each of United States Patents Nos. 6,125,447; 6,192,476; 5,966,702; 7,426,720; RE38,104; 6,910,205; and 6,061,520.”

The way that Google implemented Java in their operating system was a different standard than what is advocated by the standards group. Oracle believes that Java is a mobile operating system competitor of Google Android. And Google is using Java technology that is not properly licensed. Google also hired former Sun Java engineers. Before becoming the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt led the team that made Java at Sun. After that Schmidt became the CEO of Novell.

It will be interesting to see whether the two companies settle out of court. If it doesn’t, then things could get really ugly between both companies.