I’m really curious to see what legal ground Oracle is going to be using considering that Sun’s previous CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, officially congratulated Google the day they announced Android:
I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of others from Sun in offering my heartfelt congratulations to Google on the announcement of their new Java/Linux phone platform, Android. Congratulations!
This has always struck me as a very odd thing to do for a CEO considering that Android didn’t license Java (and as such, was not allowed to use the word “Java” anywhere). I’m guessing that such a blog post would count as a clear indication that Sun was not interested in aggressively defending the Java trademark, and once you go down that path, you lose a lot of credibility in court.
I think it’s going to be an uphill battle for Oracle, but I have to give credit to Larry Ellison for making the tough choices that the two past Sun CEO’s never had the courage to make.