Google Sued by Oracle: Android / SDK patents infringement

Google’s Android operating system runs on a lot of smartphones, and is growing in popularity. Meanwhile, Oracle has noticed that the Android operating system infringes on their IP’s, and they want to

Jolie O’Dell reports for Mashable, about how Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google regarding their IP’s. An Oracle representative stated that “In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement.”

Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, along with Java in 2009. Oracle is saying that Android and the Android SDK (Source code development kit) infringes on patents that they own, and they want some money for their unwilling involvement in the success of the Android operating system. Google allegedly knew about these patents when they hired several Sun Java engineers.

Oracle is claiming copyright infringement, and they are asking that all copies of Java-related work be “impounded and destroyed or otherwise reasonably disposed of”. This could mean that if Android does use Java code, Oracle could completely destroy Android as we know it! If you are interested in Oracle’s filed complaints, you can see them in full on this Venturebeat article.

Could this filing spell the end for Android? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.