Google and Oracle will hold a settlement conference on 19 September with Google CEO Larry Page and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison ordered to appear for settlement talks.
Last week, both parties bought into settlement talks, but Google wanted to send mobile chief Andy Rubin. Oracle was going to send its president, Safra Catz. That line-up didn't quite work, given Rubin's standing in the Google pecking order and authority to seal a settlement, so a judge ordered the companies to send their CEOs.
The court said that Ellison and Page need to show up to settlement talks, but others can also attend. Clearly, though, Ellison and Page are the main attractions. The settlement talks will pit a wily Silicon veteran — Ellison — against Page, a relative newcomer to the CEO ranks.
A settlement looks likely, but there is a wide gap to bridge. Oracle will want a big cut of future device sales, and Google will obviously disagree. In any case, Google had bet that Java would always be owned by Sun, which didn't really care much about monetising its intellectual property. Google's bet went horribly wrong when Oracle bought Sun.
Via ZDNet US