A Oracle está processando o Google devido a quebra de patentes do Java no Sistema Android. O Google diz que criou uma nova máquina virtual do zero. Alguns emails enviados pelo líder do desenvolvimento Android parecem indicar que o desenvolvimento de uma nova JVM seria difícil devido a experiência anterior do time. Outra preocupação demonstrada no email indica que seria agressivo se posicionar contra o mercado.
In one of the emails, Rubin wrote: “I think a clean room implementation is unlikely because of the team[']s prior knowledge, and it would be uncharacteristically aggressive of us to position ourselves against the industry.”
“So you’re saying that team had too much prior knowledge to operate in a clean room environment, correct, sir?” Boies asked Rubin.
“I think that’s reading a lot into that small sentence,” Rubin answered. “I wouldn’t go that far.”
In another email, Rubin wrote that the Java.lang API (application programming interface) was covered by copyright.
“You meant copyrighted by Sun, yes?” Boies asked.
“I didn’t say that,” replied Rubin.
“But you meant Sun, yes?” asked Boies.
Rubin: “Yes, in the context of this I think that I meant the APIs were copyrighted.”
“By Sun?” Boies pressed.
“Yes,” replied Rubin.