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Google's Schmidt calls out Oracle chief over Android

Google's executive chairman says Larry Ellison's claims that Android illegally uses Oracle code are "simply untrue" and calls for patent reform.

Google's Eric Schmidt has been seen using the Moto X, which runs the Android operating system at the heart of the lawsuit with Oracle.
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The legal battle between Google and Oracle over Android's use of Java isn't over yet, and neither is the war of the words between the two companies.

In a Google+ post, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt responded to comments made a few weeks ago by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison that what Google CEO Larry Page did with Android and Java was "absolutely evil."

After saying in the public Google+ post published Sunday that Google doesn't like to get into public battles with other companies, Schmidt then said that "Ellison's claims that Google 'took [Oracle's] stuff'" are "simply untrue."

"That's not just my opinion," Schmidt wrote, "but the judgment of a U.S. District Court."

After briefly summarizing the ruling against Oracle, Schmidt placed the public spat in the context of the ongoing clashes over patent reform.

"Patents were designed to encourage invention, not stop the development of new ideas and technologies," he said.

Update, 2:24 p.m. PT: Oracle declined to comment on this story.