Oracle has retained Florian Mueller, author of the blog FOSS Patents, www.fosspatents.com, as a consultant on competition-related matters, especially relating to standards-essential patents.
The disclosure by Oracle came after a court order which asked both parties in the Oracle vs Google case to disclose the names of paid journalists and bloggers. Google has clearly stated that they are not paying any journalists, bloggers, or other commentators to write about this case, reports The Verge.
Even still, Mueller's enormous volume of output on FOSS Patents fairly raises the question of when he finds the time to do any serious consulting work for Oracle in between his diligently granular tracking of several international patent lawsuits, his frequent media appearances, and his additional work as a paid consultant to Microsoft.
Mueller' blog FOSS Patents seems to have a single line agenda: to spin anti-Android stories. Some lazy journalists (who don't want to do their own R&D) pick his stories and quote him as a patent expert. In my opinion while quoting Mueller the appropriate designation should be 'paid Microsoft consultant' or 'paid Oracle consultant' so that the reader is aware they are not reading some independent opinion, but an opinion expressed by someone who is hired by these two companies.
Florian's posts are more or less like press releases as he doesn't allow discussion or comments on his blogs. The comment section on his Google+ profile is also locked so that no one can question his blogs. He is also infamous for blocking everyone who engages in a discussion with him on Google+ or Twitter. Thus Mueller has created a one way system to spin and feed the media with anti-Android stories.
The way he deals with stories is also interesting. He assumingly cherry picks facts and then cleverly slips his own anti-Android opinion in the piece.
It's unclear what kind of consultancy he is doing for Oracle. It's interesting that there was a silence on his blog when the Oracle vs Google case started but the deluge of stories started as soon as he disclosed that Oracled had hired him as a consultant.