Larry Ellison was one of the more entertaining speakers at this year’s All Things Digital conference, and it’s no wonder why. He’s a Silicon Valley institution—the longest-reigning leader of any major tech company, heading up Oracle since 1977—and he’s got a sense of humor, to boot. Ellison went on, at animated length, about his company’s legal battles with Google, HP, and SAP—the kind of sensitive topics that CEOs don’t often hold forth about. When it came to describing Oracle’s biggest setback—its recent losses in a copyright and patent lawsuit against Google—Ellison put a wildly positive spin on it all, blowing off his patent loss and suggesting that the inconclusive copyright trial was actually a win. About halfway through her chat with Ellison, moderator Kara Swisher brought up the fact that Oracle had ongoing legal spats with no less than three big tech companies—SAP and Hewlett-Packard, in addition to Google. “Which one would you like to discuss?” she asked. “Well, none of them,” said Ellison. “They’re all being litigated right now.” Then Ellison went ahead and spoke, at some length, about all three of the cases. He started with Google. “I wouldn’t describe it as a patent case,” he said of… Read full this story
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