Oracle HeadquartersOracle, a company that specializes in enterprise software products — particularly database management systems — once considered entering the smartphone market to compete directly with Android. In fact, according to the company’s CEO, Larry Ellison, Oracle at one point contemplated the purchase of Research In Motion or Palm, but ultimately decided it was a “bad idea,” Reuters said. Palm was eventually acquired by HP, which ultimately killed off the company’s short-lived webOS operating system.

The information was divulged by Ellison, who testified during a trial between Oracle and Google over Android’s use of Java patents on Tuesday. Google, in its rebuttal to Oracle’s patent infringement accusations, claimed the Oracle is only suing the search giant because of an inferiority complex. A Google lawyer reportedly argued that “Oracle Corp. launched its legal assault on Android primarily because it couldn’t develop its own mobile software.”

We’ll be sure to keep you up to speed once we hear more information about the court case.

[via Yahoo, Reuters]