There's little doubt, however, that third-party maintenance providers are now on notice, said Raymond Van Dyke, a technology and patent attorney based in Washington, DC.
"Whereas Sun freely distributed firmware and software updates to their customers and third-party maintenance providers alike, Oracle did not agree with this philosophy," Van Dyke said. "Oracle likely saw a substantial revenue source overlooked by Sun, and wanted to make a statement."
Moving forward, third-party maintenance providers need to tread carefully, Van Dyke added. "The various antitrust charges in the countersuit did not seem to change things, which does not bode well for Rimini Street."
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