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The Oracle-Google Mess: Are Any of the Patents Tied to a Specific Machine? - Google Speaks

Aug 14, 2010, 01:06 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)


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"On the Oracle v. Google litigation announcement, here's something that I don't see anyone else mentioning yet.

"On the Oracle patents, in a post-Bilski world, the right question would seem to be:

"Are *any* of the asserted Oracle patents tied to a specific machine?

"That test wasn't tossed overboard. The Supreme Court said [PDF] it's a helpful test, just not the only one.

"Carlo Daffara has the patents Oracle is relying on listed with helpful links here. Groklaw member Celtic_hackr went through them and sees none that are tied to any specific machine. Only look if you are free to do so, but this is a shout out to the lawyers out there to at least investigate this possibility. If it's true, this might turn into one of the most interesting litigations we've ever covered. Yes, Groklaw will cover this litigation soup to nuts."

This is a long piece, but definitely worth a thorough read. PJ unearths prizes like Miguel de Icaza advising "Google could settle current damages with Oracle, and switch to the better designed, more pleasant to use, and more open .NET platform", and the wonderful new name "SCOracle."

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