September 19th, 2010

How Oracle can easily be defeated in its patent offensive against Android

Fortuitously it appears Oracle is a licensee of OIN (Open innovation network) which enforces the company to forego patent attacks against any product protected by OIN -

Makes you wonder why they dont add Android and Dalvrik to OIN's collection of protected technologies and hence do away with the attack (even if it cant stop backdated attacks it can at least leave the future clear). Google is also a licensee of OIN but maybe it needs to up its membership to the equivalent of one of the founders to enjoy this level of protection

Interestingly, OIN appears to be rather stealthy and no longer publishes a list of protected technologies (other than mentioning linux) nor does it make public any strategy or commitment to protect anything. It might be doing this to prevent patent trolls finding loopholes or to prevent the organisation from wasting resources in unwinnable situations. Then again, it might just be an impotent organisation with no real teeth or one that only caters to protect the interests of its founding members and no one else.

Its amazing how much power OIN has (100+ patents) yet does very little to prevent the likes of Microsoft, Apple and Oracle from their anti-competitive and unethical actions which result in terrorising users of Open source with patents. The only success it has had was to purchase a set of anit-Linux patents that Microsoft would have sold to a bunch of trolls. Time to end the moral cowardice of OIN if you ask me...