For his involvement in Google's 2005 Android Inc. takeover Oracle has submitted a formal request asking the U.S. District Court to depose Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page.
A report from Foss Patents has alleged that Oracle submitted the request to Judge Donna Ryu of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California earlier this week.
The letter reportedly read:
"Mr. Page is Google's CEO, and he reportedly made the decision to acquire Android, Inc., and thereby develop and launch the platform that Oracle now contends infringes its patents and copyrights.
"Mr. Page also participated in negotiations that took place between Sun and Google regarding a Java license for Android and in subsequent communications with Oracle's CEO, Larry Ellison (whose deposition Google has requested). Oracle believes that Mr. Page's testimony will likely be relevant with respect to a number of other key issues in this case as well, including the value of the infringement to Google."
The legal proceedings between Oracle and Google began in August last year and alleged that Google had violated a number of java patents and copyrights owned by Oracle. The patents and copyrights were bought by Oracle from Sun Microsystems prior to the case.
Oracles lawsuit alleges that Java is itself a mobile operating system. This means that it is a competing OS to Android and thus Android's alleged use of Java-based tech constitutes a violation of Oracle's intellectual property.
Oracle specifically pointed out Google's Dalvik virtual machine as a chief example of the violation.
Google subsequently responded to Oracle's allegations:
"Although software applications for the Android platform may be written in the Java programming language, the Dalvik bytecode is distinct and different from Java bytecode... The Dalvik VM is not a Java VM."
Since then Oracle last month mounted a fresh case against Google seeking $2.6 billion in recompense from the search giant.
Upon hearing the news, Google representatives dismissed the request as a "harassing demand," later adding that it was "superfluous given the testimony already made available."
Google has been hostile to allowing Page to testify arguing that Oracle has already deposed the then Android Inc. co-founder Andy Rubin. The company argued that Rubin, now Google's senior vice president of mobile, "is far more knowledgeable regarding the facts surrounding Google's acquisition of Android," thus making any testimony from Page superfluous.