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Oracle Clarifies its Case, Motions to Strike Google's Letter

Although they haven't shown us the source document yet, some news sites are reporting that Oracle has updated its original complaint in the lawsuit against Google.  Oracle is now saying that Google "directly copied" their copyrighted Java API packages and related documents in several instances.  They say that about one-third of Android's API packages are derived from Sun/Oracle Java APIs.

So now we have one specific area of code to compare, unlike last month when Oracle's initial statement was too vague to make definitive judgements.  This new information still isn't enough, but it's a start.  We don't know the exact APIs that Oracle has a problem with, but we do have a defined list of possibilities.  Oracle adds that the infringed elements include "Java method and class names, definitions, organization, and parameters; the structure, organization and content of Java class libraries; and the content and organization of Java’s documentation."  The Dalvik VM's use of Apache Harmony is also central to this case, which was established back in September.

An Effort to Erase Google's Letter

In a related action, Oracle also filed a motion this week to dismiss many of the key statements in Google's Answer with Counterclaims letter to the district court.  Areas that they want to strike from the court's record include statements claiming that Oracle's patents are invalid, and some of the history lessons Google gave on Oracle's staunch support for making Java completely open source right before they acquired its patents.

Oracle argued that the patent invalidity claims were vaguely supported and that the letter was full of "self-congratulatory remarks and polemics."
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