Things just got a bit easier for Google on its fight against Oracle. In case you forgot, Oracle sued Google last August claiming that Android infringes on Oracle’s Java patents and copyrights. Yesterday, Judge William Alsup ordered Oracle to trim its patent claims from 132 to a manageable three. Likewise, Google also had to cut down on the number of “prior art references” it’s using to defend itself — from a few hundred to eight.
You know you have something successful in your hands when everybody and their mother wants a piece of your success. That’s exactly what’s happening here. Android is very popular now, and Oracle — just like Microsoft — wants a piece of that action. But instead of making a better product and innovating, companies like Oracle just do what they do best, release their army of lawyers and sue until they get what they want.
In this case, Oracle is suing Google which has a lawyer army of its own. Meaning the company will have a very hard time getting its grubby hands all over Android. However, it’s sad that today you need a legion of lawyers and a warehouse full of patents to be able to innovate in the tech industry. If a company the size of Google has a hard time innovating because of patent lawsuits, what’s left to say about those startups that might one day threaten big companies like Oracle. They don’t stand a chance.
While the law case is far from over, Google just got a point on its favor. But don’t expect this back and forth to be over any time soon. This case will drag on at least for a couple of years, and by then, who knows if Android will even have any Java code at all. So, take a chair, sit back, and enjoy how these two giants punch each other in the face in public.