NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- There's always been a lot to like with database giant Oracle ( ORCL) -- even though its CEO Larry Ellison tends to go out of his way to step on a few toes and dare you to make him apologize for it. Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) and Google ( GOOG) are a couple of examples of recent rifts with Oracle.
Ellison has always had an eccentric personality and Oracle has taken on a reputation of being somewhat of a nonconformist company. The company doesn't seek out confrontation, but has always had a unique way of managing its competition. It's strategy has worked brilliantly until its match-up against Google over its use of RIM's Java application. That fight is ongoing and the outcome is unclear.
Regardless of the outcome, there will likely be some appeals from both sides. Oracle deserves a considerable amount of credit for defending its turf. As an investor, I appreciate what it has done to protect my interest and I really don't think that it had any choice but to file suit. If nothing else, it serves to put other potential threats on notice that the company does not plan to sit idle if it feels a violation has occurred from one of its properties.