Microsoft To Back Oracle In Java Lawsuit Appeal Case Against Google

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It appears as though Microsoft is still out to make it known that they’re against Google. Today, Reuters is reporting that Microsoft’s legal representatives told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that it would be supporting Oracle.

Keep in mind, Microsoft is also still involved in another patent case against Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google.

To recall, Oracle originally sued Google in 2010 over copyright infringement related to the use of 37 Java APIs used on the Android mobile operating system.

Google argued they were free to use because the Java programming language is free to use, and the APIs are required to use the language. Oracle tried to make the case that Google had knowingly used the APIs without a license from Sun Microsystems, which was bought by Oracle in 2010.

But last spring, a federal jury at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco sided with Google on nearly all of the copyright claims as well as on all of the patent disputes.

At this point in the case, Oracle is working on an appeal after a federal judge rejected the Java owner’s motion for a new trial. The two parties also met several times last summer to discuss damages.

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  1. Robert Russell (@mindfrost82) February 20, 2013

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