After a magistrate court judge tried to bring Oracle and Google back to the negotiation table again to work out a potential settlement for their ongoing legal battle, Google made an attempt to offer a percentage of Android revenue to Oracle, which rebuffed the offer.
Google reportedly proposed an offer to Oracle that consisted of the following points, according to Reuters.
First, Google offered to pay Oracle up to US$2.8 million in damages over two patents in question. Furthermore, Google also offered a deal of 0.5 per cent from Android revenue for one patent through to December 2012 and 0.015 per cent on a second patent through to April 2018.
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 previous 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".
Nevertheless, Oracle has reportedly refused the proposal as a low-ball offer.
That might come as a bit surprising to some followers of the case. Just recently, the patent suit was cut down, and it looked like Oracle would be lucky to extract as much as US$100 million from Google in this suit.
But perhaps Oracle still has a chance to win a lot more from Google — as well as a possible injunction on Android products.
Nevertheless, after many setbacks and proposed trial dates (including October 2011 and March 2012), the two Silicon Valley heavyweights are likely still going to battle it out in court on 16 April a the US District Court of Northern California.
Via ZDNet US