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Oracle v. Google Trial On Indefinite Hold

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  • by Gibgezr (2025238) on Friday January 13, 2012 @04:12PM (#38690764)
    "For this “delay,” Oracle has no one to blame but itself, given that twice now it has advanced improper methodologies obviously calculated to reach stratospheric numbers." - Judge Alsup He isn't pulling any punches, is he?
  • Credible? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Kid Zero (4866) on Friday January 13, 2012 @04:12PM (#38690772) Homepage Journal

    Credible Methodology? That doesn't stop the MPAA/RIAA....

  • by Mathinker (909784) on Friday January 13, 2012 @04:57PM (#38691336) Journal

    > Oracle has no one to blame but itself

    Where does this judge live? The MPAA, RIAA, and BSA have been doing this for years, now, no? And as far as I know, no US judge has called them out when they cite their "research" as background information in a court case.

  • by Pieroxy (222434) on Friday January 13, 2012 @05:14PM (#38691502) Homepage

    > Oracle has no one to blame but itself

    Where does this judge live? The MPAA, RIAA, and BSA have been doing this for years, now, no? And as far as I know, no US judge has called them out when they cite their "research" as background information in a court case.

    I don't think MPAA or RIAA has been suing anyone on patents grounds yet.

  • Re:Pricless! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 13, 2012 @06:05PM (#38692054)

    Actually, most of the herd seems to take your position. Many of us have looked at the patents, as have many others. All but three patents are complete bullshit and extremely obvious. Basically, they should have NEVER been approved in the first place. Of the remaining three, one is seriously suspect but simply required deeper inspection. Which basically means, of the long list of patents Oracle clubbed Google over the head with, only two MIGHT have ANY validity. And of the two, its widely believed only ONE is worthy of any actual research and even that one is reasonably bogus.

    Long story short, if by "masturabte", you mean, "ignore bullshit by ignorant masses on slashdot", then you're spot on.

  • by tlhIngan (30335) <(ten.frow) (ta) (todhsals)> on Friday January 13, 2012 @06:58PM (#38692652)

    "For this âoedelay,â Oracle has no one to blame but itself, given that twice now it has advanced improper methodologies obviously calculated to reach stratospheric numbers." - Judge Alsup He isn't pulling any punches, is he?

    Well, it's an indefinite hold. Which means that the longer it goes on, the more painful it can get. Oracle may simple just wait until the numbers are right.

    Given $2B in damagers, and Google has admitted to at least 200M Android devices have been activated, that's $10/device. One reasonable method is to see how much Oracle charges for a J2ME license to begin with (it's one of the biggest sources of money in Java - given all the featurephones out there with a JVM).

    Oracle may argue that since Samsung/LG/HTC pay Microsoft around $5 per Android to license Microsoft's patents, perhaps since Oracle's is more fundamental to Android (being possibly related to the whole runtime system), they ought to get $10 per device.

    And they can argue that since the true number of Android devices out there isn't known because of its open-source nature, blah blah blah...

    The MPAA/RIAA can ask for huge numbers becaues there isn't concrete numbers to base their numbers off of. Here there are, at least official Google Android numbers, and they don't work out to something completely crazy like $150,000 per 99 cent track.

  • Re:Pricless! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by gutnor (872759) on Friday January 13, 2012 @10:37PM (#38694558)
    Too bad the judges are not so discerning with the small people. Oracle needs to come with a convincing methodology. Does the RIAA have one ? Also, since regardless who win, the end-user will not be affected whatsoever - I think that would be better for Oracle to win to highlight in a bit more spectacular fashion the idiocy of the current patent system. (well, hopefully there is still some fun to be had on the mobile market - hopefully they don't settle and cross-license )

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