US court allows Oracle to depose Google CEO Larry Page

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California, Jul 22: A United States court ordered Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page to testify before the court in connection with the ongoing legal fight between the search giant Google and Oracle over the Java language patent infringements by Android operating system.

The judge of US District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, Jul 21 stated that Oracle lawyers can depose Page for a maximum of two hours.

"Oracle may depose Mr. Page for a maximum of two hours, excluding breaks, solely on topics relevant to the willfulness of Defendant's alleged patent infringement, and the value of Android to Defendant," Judge said in his order.

Earlier on Jul 17, Oracle asked the court permission to question Page as he made the decision to acquire Android and his testimony is needed in the case.

"(Page) reportedly made the decision to acquire Android, and thereby develop and launch the platform that Oracle now contends infringes its patents and copyrights," Oracle lawyers said in a letter to the court.

Oracle claimed that Google's mobile and tablet operating system Android violated its patent by using technology related to the Java programming language. Oracle, which acquired Sun Microsystems, the founder of Java, in Jan 2010, demanded $2.6 billion from Google for patent- and copyright-infringement on Java.

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