Google could be locked in a courtroom battle with Oracle after the business software manufacturer filed a lawsuit claiming that the Android mobile OS infringes on patents for its own Java software.
The patent infringment is said to have occured during the development stages of Google's mobile operating system which is now packed into a growing number of smartphones and tablet devices.
Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman released a statement which claimed that the search engine giants, "knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property" in developing Android.
Oracle recently acquired the Java technology in question when it agreed a deal to buy Sun Microsystems last year.
Google has yet to comment on the lawsuit which was filed in a federal court in California on Thursday.
Having recently announced that Android sales have surged by 886 per cent, Google will hope this doesn't dampen its growing reputation as the most coveted operating system.