Settlement likely in Google-Oracle patent case

Although a trial date is still set for Halloween, a new court order is pointing towards a possible settlement and companies' execs could get called into the courtroom.

Google and Oracle's patent infringement case is heating up considerably as it gets closer to the scheduled Halloween trial date over.

Not only is the trial commencement time possibly up in the air, but a settlement between the two Silicon Valley giants could actually happen.

Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a brief order on Friday afternoon revealing that he might order the "top executive officers" of both companies to come to court for a day or two.