/// Oracle Lawyers Ask To Depose Larry Page, and Other Current or Former Googlers

July 15, 2011  |  All Things Digital


Lawyers for Oracle have asked to take depositions from Google CEO Larry Page and three other current or former Google employees in connection with the lawsuit between the two companies over Java. In a nine-page letter to the court, which you can read below, Oracle explained that Page, then a Google president, made the decision to acquire Android in 2005 , and that later he participated in the licensing talks that occurred between Sun Microsystems and Google concerning Androids use of Java. He also participated further communications with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison after that company acquired Sun last year. Oracle is also seeking to deposition three other people in the case: Dipchand “Deep” Nishar : The Wall Street Journal described Nishar as an “ unsung Google hero ” in 2008 when he left to join LinkedIn as its vice president of product. Oracle cites his LinkedIn profile as saying he “started and managed Google’s mobile initiatives worldwide” from 2005- 2007. Oracle says that Nishar was involved with the Java negotiations between Sun and Google and wrote several the documents that Oracle says are going to prove relevant in the case. Bob Lee : Currently the CTO at Square , Jack Dorsey’s mobile payment startup, was before that a software engineer at Google whom Oracle portrays in the letter as having “led the core library development for Android.” Oracle says his testimony “would be relevant both with respect to certain aspects of Oracle’s liability and damages theories,” and that documents Lee wrote which Oracle expects to produce as evidence demonstrate an “intimate knowledge of Sun’s licensing practices, which is relevant to Oracle’s claims of willful infringement.” Tim Lindholm: A former Sun Microsystems employee, Oracle says Lindholm created some of the Java technologies at issue in the lawsuit. As Oracle puts it: “He constructed one of the very first Java virtual machines, and came to Google with intimate knowledge of the Java platform architecture.” He not only built the first Java virtual machine, he co-wrote a book on it . “In addition, Mr. Lindholm participated in the negotiations that took place between Sun and Google for a Java license,” Oracle says. Coming only days after the judge in the case, William Alsup, notified Google that he has some tough questions about some of the underlying facts in the case — there is the awkward fact that Google did initially negotiate both with Sun and Oracle for a Java license and then walked away — this request is Oracle’s way of turning up the heat on Google. Oracle sued Google last August saying that Android infringes on Java patents it owns. ( Original complaint here .) Oracle recently told the court it things Google should cough up $2.6 billion in damages . Oracle’s letter contains a the text of a Google statement opposing the deposition requests, saying the request is late and that deposing Page is a “harassing demand” and irrelevant to the case at hand.

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Oracle Lawyers Ask To Depose Larry Page, and Other Current or Former Googlers

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