If you you want to get an idea how some feature may be implemented by Oracle, then you ought to have a look for patents. Here are several examples I find quite interesting and containing valuable information:

The list can go on. Just use “assignee:oracle” in the search box if you want to see Oracle’s patents only. What I like the most in these documents is they are unique. You will rarely find such a precisely described algorithms with block diagrams describing inner workings of a potential database system. Of course the information in patents is not the exact features description, nevertheless I find it quite useful.


  1. karlarao
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 08:05 | Permalink | Reply

    Nice! I’ve also collected a couple of interesting performance patents here


  2. Posted March 26, 2012 at 21:07 | Permalink | Reply

    Some people get totally outraged about software patents and I don’t understand why. I have problems with some of those early Internet patents (like the Amazon one-click shopping “method” patent) but most (if not all) of Oracle’s patents are prime examples of getting well-deserved government protection of solid intellectual property.

    Nice post, Timur.

    • Posted March 26, 2012 at 22:15 | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Kevin

      thanks for stopping by.
      Yes, Oracle patents are good intellectual property and they use it right. I heard it’s no news to you.

      • Posted March 27, 2012 at 09:39 | Permalink | Reply

        Well, OK, that Sun/Java/Google ruse is a mess. I’m speaking fondly of Oracle’s real technology (RDBMS). I guess too much has changed since Oracle took over Sun for me to make broad statements 😦

        The courts will decide on the Google thing. Best to leave it to them.

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