Oracle rebuffs Google settlement offer

Oracle has reportedly refused a settlement offer put forward by Google in its ongoing dispute over the use of Java in the Android operating system.Oracle filed the suit against Google in 2010, alleging infringement of Oracle-owned Java related patents but the two companies have been unable to reach a settlement since the original filing.

Oracle has reportedly refused a settlement offer put forward by Google in its ongoing dispute over the use of Java in the Android operating system.

Oracle filed the suit against Google in 2010, alleging infringement of Oracle-owned Java related patents but the two companies have been unable to reach a settlement since the original filing.

In order to expedite the trial process, Google proposed that in the event of Oracle proving patent infringement, it would not contest the decision if Oracle accepted a settlement offer of around $2.8m (£1.76m) for the two remaining alleged patent infringements, according to a Reuters report on Wednesday.

In addition, Google proposed paying Oracle 0.5 percent of its Android revenue on one patent until December 2012 and 0.015 percent on the second patent until it expires in April 2018, the report said.

Oracle reportedly refused the offer on the basis that it was too low. The company had previously been claiming infringement across seven different patents, but was told by Judge William Alsup to slim down the claims.

If a settlement cannot be reached, the trial is scheduled to begin on 16 April.

Oracle declined to provide comment in response to a ZDNet UK request. Google had not responded at the time of writing.