IP Law suit of the year - Oracle Vs. Google: Mofo and Boies, Schiller take lead roles

August 19, 2010 Google, the largest search engine in the world found itself on the defensive last week when Oracle one of the biggest business software development companies sued Google over alleged patent infringements regarding its Android mobile technology. Android is based on the Java software which is owned by Oracle. The Java software was developed by Sun Microsystems which was acquired by Oracle earlier this year.

On August 12, 2010, Oracle filed a complaint for patent and copyright infringement and a demand for a jury trial in a federal court in the Northern District of California. Oracle alleges that Google "knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property" in developing Android. The suit consists of eight counts of patent and copyright infringement and asks for unspecified damages based on a jury trial.

Oracle is being represented by Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) with the firm's current co-chair on Intellectual Property, Michael Jacobs and Head of Litigation, Marc David Peters taking the lead. MoFo is also joined by Boies, Schiller & Flexner with their Managing Partner and well-known trial lawyer David Boies taking the lead. David is assited by Intellectual Property and Litigation Partner Steven Holtzman.

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