Apr 03 AT 8:37 AM Anthony Domanico 13 Comments

Google and Oracle settlement talks stall, trial set for April 16th

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Settlement talks in the ongoing legal battle between Google and Oracle have stalled in the past few weeks. Just last week, Judge Paul S. Grewal asked the two companies to give settlement talks one last chance, requesting a final decision on the matter by April 9th. After a few days of talks, the companies have announced that they have reached an impasse, and a trial date has been set for April 16th in San Francisco.

Oracle has accused Google of infringing upon various Java-related patents held by Oracle which the company claims are found in Google’s Android operating system. While several of Oracle’s charges against Google were thrown out by a judge back in May 2011, the meat of Oracle’s patent claims remain in tact and could spell a bit of trouble for Google.

Google fights this claim by highlighting their close relationship with Sun Microsystems, the creators of Java which is now owned by Oracle. Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz fully approved Google’s use of Java in Android, a fact Oracle tried to sweep under the rug by hastily deleting Schwartz’s blog post on the matter. This led us and others to believe that Oracle wanted nothing more than to destroy Android, or at least earn as much money as it can off the Android platform.

After a rejected settlement proposal from Google, which would have netted Oracle a share of Android’s revenue stream through 2018, the patent infringement issue will be settled in court later this month. We will, of course, bring you news of the case as it develops.

Via: Engadget

Source: ZDNet

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  • LittleGreenDude

    Dang, I hope google wins this lawsuit.

  • Alan Reboli

    Oracle and java are both terrible and this is a last attempt to stay relevant.

    • surg3d

      Also, Larry Ellison used to be on Apple’s board and was a very close friend of Jobs. I wouldn’t rule out that having played a role on Oracle pursuing this to begin with.

  • Nathan D.

    Wow why is this still going after CEO Jonathan Schwartz approve Google use of java, this is just stupid if you as me and Google will win (I think) just because of this and what they use to defend them self with.

  • cwjones4

    Oracle is a terrible patent troll, worse than apple. i hope they get nothing from this case; that’s what they deserve

  • oddball

    What it really comes down to here is the system is sick and it’s far more profitable for a company like Oracle to leech off of a developed entity like Android which costs them NOTHING than to actually produce new work

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      Incredibly sad but true!

  • spazby

    It will take forever for this to finish – what version of Android are we going to be on at that time – Pasta?

    • IshiKen

      Pixie Sticks*

      Android versions are named after desserts or candy.

  • Max.Steel

    A sinking ship trying to salvage whatever they can before going belly up.

  • dobri

    what does oracle wants they are making money off android and they are still not happy about it.

  • WlfHart

    What a blatant money grab…

  • CTown

    Android must prevail… since it already starved off many of the other open sourced mobile OSes (OpenMoko, Symbian, Meego, Bada)!

    Plus, it would be very depressing to see Oracle use the Java patents they had not created to destroy Android. While Android DID not create the mobile-touch paradigm, the competition it created with part manufactors to add depth and usefullness to the paradigm should not be forgotten.