Judge Rejects Google’s Plea, Oracle Can Use Engineer’s Email

Mountain View based technology giant Google Inc. has suffered a massive setback in the ongoing legal conflict against the enterprise software maker Oracle Corp.

In a court hearing, William Alsup, the US District Judge in charge of the case dismissed Google's plea to exclude one of its engineer's email, argued by Oracle as key evidence, out of the lawsuit. The email sent by the Google engineer had spoken-out in favour of the company negotiating with Oracle for acquiring a license for using the Java programming language.

It is worth noting here that Oracle dragged Google into this legal battle by alleging it to be infringing on its Java patents. "We conclude that we need to negotiate a license for Java under the terms we need," Tim Lindholm, the Google engineer stated in an email to a company lawyer, as well as Andy Rubin - who was the vice-president of Google's Android OS at that time, BusinessWeek reports.

"We think there is value in the negotiation to put forward our most credible alternative, the goal being to get better terms and price for Java," the email added.

More about the ruling can be read here.