November/December 2012

Oracle v. Google: Java API Copyrightability  Put to the Test in Smartphone Technology Battle

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Oracle v. Google: Java API Copyrightability Put to the Test in Smartphone Technology Battle

A smartphone technology war was waged between Oracle and Google throwing into question the copyrightability of APIs. The court's lengthy opinion is analyzed.

The success and viability of any legal system is dependent upon its ability to provide stability and certainty along with sufficient flexibility to adjust and adapt to changing conditions and needs.

The law on willful infringement has seen important changes in the past five years, but there are still unresolved questions regarding what types of proof are adequate for providng willfulness.

The column provides highlights of recent trademark, copyright, and patent cases.

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