"The tech industry loves a good vendor slugfest, and
the upcoming legal battle between Google and Oracle has all the
makings of a truly spectacular one.
"At issue is Dalvik, the unique, Java-based runtime at the heart
of Google's Android smartphone OS. Oracle, which gained stewardship
of the Java platform when it bought Sun Microsystems in 2009,
claims Dalvik knowingly, willfully, and deliberately infringes on
Java intellectual property. According to a complaint filed with the
U.S. District Court in San Francisco last week, Oracle is seeking a
halt to any further Android development, destruction of all
infringing Android software, and for Google to pay damages, both
actual and statutory."
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