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Google and Oracle fail to settle, go to trial over Android

updated 06:15 pm EDT, Mon April 2, 2012

Google and Oracle still at loggerheads by trial

Judge Paul Grewal signaled Monday that one last attempt at mandated settlement talks between Google and Oracle had failed. The two had encountered another "irreconcilable impasse" and wouldn't be attempting to negotiate a peace on the Android patent dispute before the trial started on April 16. In a memo, Judge Grewal gave an exasperated tone and concluded that the case would have to reach its final conclusion.

"Some cases just need to be tried," he said.

Details of what happened during the talks remain unknown.

Oracle has typically been the one to refuse compromise in the case. While it has had to reduce the number of copyrights and patents it can bring to trial, it has refused to take royalties and has usually been focused on maximizing the payout as well as the threat of a ban. Google has mostly been hoping to avoid the ban as well as any large royalties that might be untenable or force it to start charging Android partners for licenses.

Google has mostly dropped attempts to deny that it used Java code without a license in Android, with incriminating e-mail showing that executives were aware that they needed a license. However, it has pointed to a pre-Oracle Sun having been openly supportive of Java, and has successfully avoided Oracle damage claims that could have ranged into the billions; the trial will be split into phases that could see Google opt to settle if it's found to have violated Oracle's patents before the full trial is over. [via ZDNet]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fire up the popcorn machine!

    This should be interesting.

    It should be noted that Oracle "has refused to take royalties" and back payment alone. That is not any kind of penalty for theft. That is just paying what you should have been paying all along.

    Now that it goes to trial, I would expect a huge penalty.

    (now were did I hide the butter and giant salt shaker?)

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Lost Java license fee revenue: $50+ million.

    Legal fees: $??? million.

    Forcing Google to admit they did evil: Priceless.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Priceless

    No, google winning in court and seeing your anger and tears over the 'wrong' that justice had just wrought would be priceless!

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