An interesting broader issue arsises from the allegation by Oracle (if true) about Google having a "network" of advisors, and what that might mean for broader issues, beyond this case. Oracle allege a vast network of folks paid to advance Google's IP agenda (pretty much in those words). In one of my worlds, academic research and writing, no one discloses ties like that. What if, for example, Google saw my masterful piece on why TheraSense might not be retroactive, and paid me $100,000 to publish it far and wide and further it, since it needed that defense to succeed in a case? What if I'm just on a retainer to Google, but I'm blogging here on some on-going Google litigation, or a pending appeal? Shouldn't I disclose that?
Anyhow, if Google wants to pay me a lot of money to write articles, they can, I'd just disclose it. Hint, hint.