April 26, 2012- A former engineer at Google who was crucial in helping develop the software for the Android mobile phone platform testified he removed some of Sun’s Java technology elements after legal action had started.
In the beginning of 2010, Oracle Corp purchased Sun and less than nine months later sued Google. Oracle, the software giant, alleges that Google copied parts of Java and therefore Android infringes on patents and copyrights that protect Oracle’s technology.
On Wednesday, Dan Bornstein the former engineer from Google said he took out some of the Java elements last year from the Android after the lawsuit by Oracle had been filed. Those elements had been received by Google from Noser Engineering AG, a Swiss contractor, said Bornstein. He also said that Noser had been told prior by Google what it was able to use and not use when contributing to the Google Android.
Google has said in the legal battle that it only used a few key elements of the software in its Android and they are available to everyone and do not require licensing. Oracle says Google owes it nearly $1 billion for damages for the infringement it alleges Google committed. It might also seek a court injunction that would block the sale of all devices that are Android based.
The case started last week in San Francisco and will take almost two months to complete said legal advisors.