Settlement talks fail in Google vs. Oracle patent case

April 3, 2012
A federal judge in the heart of Silicon Valley said Monday that Google and Oracle have failed to settle a patent dispute out of court and that the case will head to civil trial.

A federal judge in the heart of Silicon Valley said Monday that Google and Oracle have failed to settle a patent dispute out of court and that the case will head to civil trial.

The suit is on track to start on April 16.

"We are referred to as trial courts because, in the end, some cases just need to be tried," US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in the Northern California city of San Jose wrote in an order.

"Despite their diligent efforts and those of their able counsel, the parties have reached an irreconcilable impasse in their settlement discussions."

Oracle last week spurned a proposal that pay about $3 million in damages and potentially cut the company in for less than a percent of Android revenue.

Northern California-based business software titan Oracle rejected the offer as too low.

Oracle is accusing Google's Android software of infringing on Java patents held by Oracle stemming from its recent purchase of Java inventor .

Google has denied the patent infringement claims and said it believes and other users of its open-source Android operating system are entitled to use the Java technology in dispute.

Google has maintained that Sun, before it was acquired by Oracle, had declared that Java would be open-source, allowing any software developer to use it, and released some of its source code in 2006 and 2007.

Oracle completed its acquisition of Sun, a one-time star, in January of 2010 and subsequently filed suit against Google.

Google-backed Android software is used in an array of devices that have been gaining ground in the hotly competitive global smartphone and tablet markets.

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baudrunner
not rated yet Apr 03, 2012
Oracle completed its acquisition of Sun, a one-time Silicon Valley star, in January of 2010 and subsequently filed suit against Google.
My perception of this is that Oracle purchased Sun with this agenda in mind and to undermine the open-source concept, intending to profit by it in the long run. Bad form for what I thought was a respectable company.
alfie_null
not rated yet Apr 05, 2012
Yeah. A patent troll. At least, the public perception thereof. I don't imagine this publicity is helping make Java attractive to other developers of new products. In a sense, Oracle may win this battle but lose the war.
baudrunner
not rated yet Apr 10, 2012
Actually, when you look at the data internationally, then Java seems to rule. Oracle will indeed lose the war, because of course the Open Source tsunami cannot be stopped. Java developers have a tendency toward a world view wherein Java cannot be owned. So long as the Netbeans IDE and all of its associated add-ons and plugins are available for free, I can't see anything counter-productive happening between Oracle and the Open Source community.

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