Jury selection for an intellectual property suit between two technology heavy-hitters began on April 16. The case, which is being tried before a federal court in California, involves Oracle Corp. and Google, with Oracle accusing Google of copyright and patent infringement. It is seeking $1 billion in damages as well as an injunction to prevent Google from further distributing the popular Android mobile operating system.
The heart of the matter concerns the development of the Android system. Oracle is alleging that Google improperly used Java in developing Android. Java is an Oracle-owned product that allows for developers to easily write programs for use on any computer. It specifically says that Google infringed on two patents, as well as infringed on the copyright Oracle holds on a technology known as application programming interfaces (APIs).