The implication of the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Google’s appeal in Google v. Oracle


My Musings About Intellectual Property Law

Timeline setup for the initiation of the suit:

1) Java, a popular programming language, was developed by Sun Microsystems circa 1991.

2) In January 2010, Oracle purchased Sun. In 2003, Android Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White.

3) In 2005, Google purchased Android and continued developing the platform.

4) In November 2007, Google released a beta version and announced that it would use some of Java’s technologies in its version of android. Sun CEO, Schwartz congratulated Google and Google released the Android software development kit (SDK) later on that same month.

Google and Sun negotiated with each other about possible partnerships and licensing deals but nothing tangible came out of the discussions. When it implemented Android, Google wrote it’s own version of Java using some of its Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Google’s implementation of Android used the same names, organization, and functionality as Java’s APIs because Google wanted to…

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