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OS Watch: Oracle Seeks Billions in Google Lawsuit

The mobile patent wars continue this week as Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL)'s lawsuit against Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) resurfaces. Oracle is demanding billions in damages, alleging that Android's mobile operating system infringes on Java patents Oracle gained with its acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc.

Oracle first filed suit against Google last fall, but the lawsuit came to light again Thursday when a court filing indicated the heft of the damages Oracle is demanding. The war of words is getting interesting, too, with Google claiming Oracle's damages report is "unreliable and results-oriented," and Oracle accusing Google of trying to conceal the fact that the damages are in the billions.

In the absence of a settlement, the trial between the companies should begin by November.

  • RIM redux: BlackBerry is coming off a challenging first quarter, and it may not be on the road to recovery until the end of the summer when it launches BlackBerry OS 7 devices, just months before its QNX devices come to market. Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis told investors the phones are the best BlackBerrys yet, but he wishes RIM would have gotten them out faster. (See RIM Delays 4G PlayBook to the Fall and RIM Lowers Guidance Amidst Poor Q1.)

    "When customers experience the quality, consistency and upgraded user experience we have achieved in these new products, you will understand why it was worth the wait," he said on RIM's first-quarter earnings call.

  • Sony's mysterious tablet: Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE)'s new commercial for its Android Honeycomb-based S1 and S2 tablets is high on drama and low on details. The video is the first of what will be five spots promoting the new tablets, which were first unveiled as prototypes in April. (See Sony Teases Upcoming Tablets.)

  • Moto's mobile hierarchy: There will be one billion smartphones sold by 2014, making the handset the most popular screen, according to Motorola Mobility LLC CEO Sanjay Jha. Speaking at The Cable Show , Jha said that smartphones are the screen that matters the most, followed by the tablet and then the TV. Even so, he believes the home will be the hub of content for a long time, but being able to take that content wherever you go will be key.

  • Nokia goes to Europe: Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s first smartphones based on Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Windows Phone 7 OS will debut first in Europe, although not in the handset maker's homeland of Finland. The six launch markets will be France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the U.K., according to Nokia VP Victor Saeijs, who said to expect the first phones this year.

    — Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

  • sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:01:37 PM
    re: OS Watch: Oracle Seeks Billions in Google Lawsuit

    With the delays at RIM, it is going to have all its coolest products out at once. BlackBerry 7 devices in very late August, 4G PlayBook in the Fall and QNX devices next year. This could lead to a quick recovery for RIM after a lull next quarter, or it could hurt its sales if the devices (mainly the smartphones) end up cannobolizing each other.

    sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:01:37 PM
    re: OS Watch: Oracle Seeks Billions in Google Lawsuit

    JMP Securities estimates that Oracle has more than 20,000 patents. Wow. That's going to be hard for Google to fight against.

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