The two tech giants, Google and Oracle, have been competing for the past decade, but the real holiday is still rooted in Oracle’s lawsuit against Google. According to Oracle, Google's Android operating system is not licensed for use. Java-related technology is a violation of Oracle's copyright and patents (an illegal use of 37 Java APIs for the Android operating system). Oracle initially sued Google in 2010 and once sought damages from Google for up to $9 billion in infringement damage.
However, the case has not yet been decided until now, because the final decision on whether the API is legally protected will have a profound impact on the software industry.
According to ReutersThe US Supreme Court has today sought advice from the Trump administration on whether it is necessary to hear the case of Google’s request to terminate the Oracle Java infringement lawsuit.
Let's review Oracle's and Google's Java copyright case tug.
- In 2010, Oracle sued Google, claiming that the Google Android operating system had unauthorized use of the Java API.
- In 2012, Google successfully approved the court's view that the API is not in the scope of copyright protection. The local court ruled that the API is not protected by law and rejects the case.
- In 2012, Oracle dissatisfied with the ruling and appealed to the US Court of Appeals
- In 2014, three judges of the Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the judgment of the District Court in this case.And announced that the API is protected by copyright
- In 2014, Google appealed against the verdict and appealed to the Federal Supreme Court. It also found support from Red Hat and other open source companies, and Oracle also found support from companies such as Microsoft.
- In 2015, the Federal Supreme Court rejected Google’s appeal and sent the case back to the local court for review.
- In March 2016, Oracle raised the claim amount to $9.3 billion.
- In April 2016, Google CEO and Oracle CEO Reconciliation Conference failed
- In May 2016, the San Francisco District Court conducted a second trial, recognizing that Google’s use of the Java API was protected by “fair use”.
- In October 2016, Oracle filed an appeal in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
- In 2017, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals heard an appeal from Oracle
- In March 2018, the court found Android infringement,Judging Oracle's victory
- Google then appealed again, but was rejected in August 2018.
- In January 2019, Google asked the US Supreme Court to terminate this lawsuit against Oracle.
This decade-long tug-of-war has made the Supreme Court guilty. to this end,The Supreme Court sought help from the Trump administration todayWhether it is necessary to continue to hear Google’s appeal. For certain cases, the US Supreme Court sometimes seeks advice from the government. In 2015, the Federal Supreme Court dismissed Google’s previous appeal in the case because of the advice of the Justice Department under the leadership of the Obama administration.