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Oracle and Google can’t settle Java patent lawsuit

Trial to start on 16 April
Tue Apr 03 2012, 11:49

THE PATENT LAWSUIT between Oracle and Google rolls on with the parties being unable to agree on settlement terms.

The debate over whether Google infringed Oracle's Java copyrights or patents and if so, how much money in damages should change hands can't be settled amicably and must be settled in court.

Most recently Google offered Oracle $2.8bn and a percentage of Android revenues, 0.5 per cent of Android revenue on one patent that expires in December 2012 and 0.015 per cent on another patent that expires in April 2018, but Oracle rebuffed that offer as too low.

Oracle could be playing a dangerous game by pushing for more damages, since it's already had three attempts to justify higher potential damages rejected.

"Oracle cannot agree to unilaterally give up its rights, on appeal and in this court, to seek full redress for Google's unlawful conduct," is its official line on what it deserves, but unfortunately for it a court appointed damages expert reckons that a much lower sum, $800,000, might be closer to reality.

"Despite their diligent efforts and those of their able counsel, the parties have reached an irreconcilable impasse in their settlement discussions," Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal of the US District Court for the Northern District of California said yesterday.

"No further conferences shall be convened. The parties should instead direct their entire attention to the preparation of their trial presentations."

The trial will start on 16 April. µ


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