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    Oracle vs Google

    If Oracle were to win this suit at trial, almost every application for Android would become an infringing piece of software. This isnít the sort of thing that makes developers or manufacturers feel secure about the Android platform. Google would likely be forced to pay a hefty sum for lost profits to Oracle, and handset manufacturers would probably start having to pay licensing fees (essentially, a royalty), whether to Google as an Android licensing fee or directly to Oracle, since thatís where it would end up anyways. Google would also become subject to using that software under Oracleís licensing terms.

    This means higher phone prices, and might scare manufacturers into spending more time with alternative mobile operating systems. Developers would probably also have to comply with an Oracle licensing agreement.
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    we might have some problems.

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    I don't think we'll have any problems, no matter what the outcome of the case. (That is, while Google might have problems, we as users won't, I believe.)

    A few years ago now, RIM(BlackBerry) lost a pretty large patent infringement case. The plaintiff didn't want RIM to to stop using the technicals of the patent, they only wanted to be paid for its use. Oracle also has nothing to lose by taking in a patent license fee, and nothing to gain by simply disallowing Google to use its work.

    The patent system is good in some ways, really messed up in others, but it's nothing that money changing hands between two large companies can't overcome. In many of these cases, it doesn't even lead to money changing hands, but instead to a cross-licensing of patents.

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    I would say that if manufactures would have to pay fees then the rapid rate at which phones are currently released would slow.
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    See Oops: No copied Java code or weapons of mass destruction found in Android or Copied code not in Android source after all...

    So even if engadget reports we shouldn't take everything granted...

    Z.

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    That is Interesting! Thanks for sharing Zephrem!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephrem View Post
    So even if engadget reports we shouldn't take everything granted...

    Z.

    Keep in mind Engadget is all about first to print so they will often get something wrong in their rush.
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