Oracle skewers Google at Android trial

In the opening phase of a complex trial in the Google-Oracle lawsuit pertaining to intellectual property and computer coding, Oracle lawyer Michael Jacobs presented a rather unflattering portrayal of the Internet search giant, which will counter Oracle’s allegations when its lawyers present their opening statements on Tuesday.

The Android trail commenced in a San Francisco federal court on Monday, with business software maker Oracle skewering Google with the argument that the company’s top executives have been long aware of the fact that they filched a crucial piece of technology for developing the company’s increasingly popular Android operating system which currently powers over 300 million smartphones and tablets.

Alleging that Google's Android OS infringes on the patents and copyrights of Java - a programming technology which Sun Microsystems started developing two decades back -, Jacobs concluded his hour-long opening statement in the trial by saying that Oracle will prove “from beginning to end” that Google was always “knew it was using someone else's property.”

With Oracle having acquired the rights to Java technology when it took over Sun Microsystems in a $7.3 billion deal in January 2010, the company is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from Google.

In addition, Oracle also wants an injunction in place so that Google can either be forced to pay future licensing fees or asked to look for an alternative to Java, so that its Android OS can continue to keep running smoothly.