A pretrial order from the California courts has set the dates for the forthcoming trial between Oracle and Google over the rights and wrongs of Java’s intellectual property rights. The trial will commence on or after 19 March, according to court documents, and will be split into three sessions: copyright infringement liability, …
Why does the Register interview Mr Meuller?
He is a well known shill and increasingly pro-patent.(IMHO)
yes, what's the point?
He's always grinding an axe for someone, and only ever offers bare opinions - accusations by one of the parties get treated as facts without consideration of alternative explanations.
Can't el Reg find someone who is balanced and insightful and can poke holes in both sides' contentions in these patent catfights? There is a huge amount of hot air and it would be helpful to have someone who is able to ground things in reality rather than retail one side's POV.
He's the founder of the NoSoftwarePatents campaign.
That was then
But this is now...
He's finally admitted he has some funding from Microsoft, which is as pro-patent as you get. I really wish people would stop quoting him, but he's the lazy journalists 'rent-a-patent-quote' machine. I think it's his business model, like Rob Enderle.
Are you the same Jeremy Allison who Miguel de Icaza called a “fear monger, hating, conspiracy theorist” by any chance?
Maybe he was right...
Miguel de Icaza
Is that the same Microsoft MVP, OOXML supporting, .NET (as Mono) pimping Miguel de Icaza?
Famous but still a Microsoft sockpuppet and tainted.
Yes, Miguel de Icaza
who won the Free Software Foundation Award for the Advancement of Free Software.
If only we had more like him instead of crazed extremists maybe desktop Linux would be a realistic option.
Yes, he won in 1999 *before* turning to the FUDside.
His past achievements just makes the mistakes since then the more disappointing.
Was that a reference to _The Producers_?
Florian Müller has been exposed as biased in favour of Microsoft to the extent that I am convinced. Whatever his past activities, he now acts like a paid shill and spouts FUD in favour of patents.
If Oracle wins the copyright phase, then the whole software development world will be thrown into disarray, since the basis of Oracle's argument is that Google implemented the publicly published Java API without permission. More precisely, they argue that Google's implementation of Android infringes the copyright of Java's API documentation. They point to no code or documentation in Android that quotes Java code or documentation, but argue that it infringes because it describes and implements the same thing. (A couple of files in the Android Software Development Kit did copy Oracle code, but were only there to test the API compliance, never shipped on a handset and were immediately removed by Google.)
There are a few motions to be decided first, but I would expect the parties to settle before the trial date. Most of the patent claims made by Oracle have been placed under doubt by the USPTO. If Google can get the state of the reexaminations admitted in the third phase, then they are in a strong position.