Talks over: Google, Oracle head to court

Summary:Google and Oracle are set to go to trial two weeks from today now that a last-ditch attempt at a settlement has failed.

Google and Oracle are set to go to trial two weeks from today now that a last-ditch attempt at a settlement has failed.

Last week, Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal asked both parties to give settlement talks another chance, with a decision required by 9 April. Even though they had another week, it must have been clear that a settlement just isn't in the cards.

Google did propose an offer that included a cut of Android's revenue stream through 2018, which was a stipulation for damages if (and only if) Oracle prevails on patent infringement.

Grewal — the same judge who presided over similarly failed settlement talks last year — issued a memo on Monday explaining that "the parties have reached an irreconcilable impasse in their settlement discussions with the undersigned", and that "no further conferences shall be convened".

Even more simply, Grewal wrote "in the end, some cases just need to be tried".

He also wished them both "good luck" when Google and Oracle's legal teams meet up at the District Court in San Francisco in front of Judge William H. Alsup on 16 April.

This latest turn of events is just one of many in the patent infringement battle between Oracle and Google.

Oracle is suing Google over Java-related patents and technology that appear on the Android mobile operating system. Google's lawyers have repeatedly responded by discussing Google's relationship with Sun Microsystems, Java's creator now owned by Oracle. Google argued that Sun was a big fan of Android from the start, seeing it as a tool to "spread news and word about Java".

Since last July, there have been a number of delays to getting a trial underway, with proposed failed start dates in October 2011 and March 2012.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Mobility, Google, Legal, Open Source, Oracle


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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