The court hearing the patent case between Oracle and Google ordered both companies to disclose names of people who are receiving financial compensation from them. This is to determine the people writing about the case who have influenced coverage on the trial. Oracle revealed two names, one blogger and one professor, while Google said it needs more guidance to reveal names of people who might fell in such category.
Florian Mueller, a German blogger, confirmed that he is providing consultancy services to Oracle and also covering the patent case between the two tech giants. He, however, denies allegations that his blog posts, which are read by thousands if not millions of professionals worldwide, are influenced by the company he is connected with.
“In April, I proactively announced a broadly-focused consulting relationship with Oracle, six months after announcing a similar working relationship with Microsoft,” he said in an interview with BBC confirming his connection with Oracle.
“I can also certify that I wrote all of my blog posts on the trial independently, without being directed or influenced by anyone,” he added denying allegations that his posts are published after being reviewed or approved by Oracle.
In light to naming Stanford University’s Prof Paul Goldstein, Oracle said it was merely “out of an abundance of caution” since he also functions as one of the advisers of the law firm the company used regarding the copyright case against Google.
Moreover, the California-based tech company accused Google of maintaining relationships with network of “attorneys, lobbyists, trade associations, academics and bloggers.” This network is said to be used by the Google to hone public perceptions in regard to the position it was advocating throughout the trial. But Google denied the accusations and did not reveal any names in court while requesting further guidance in naming people who might fall into categories of influencers the court wants to know.