Google and Oracle to hold another round of settlement talks
Google and Oracle have been ordered to discuss settlement of their legal case yet again. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal has now ordered Oracle's CFO Safra Catz and Google's head of Android development Andy Rubin to appear for another round of settlement negotiations. These will have to take place no later than 9 April, a week before the trial starts on the 16 April. A previous attempt to get Oracle and Google to reach a settlement in their ongoing lawsuit on the use of Java patents in Android ended in failure last September.
Oracle is suing Google for allegedly violating some of its Java-related patents and copyrights on the Java API in the Dalvik virtual machine that is an integral part of Android. Oracle had originally claimed $2.6 billion in damages and made claims to seven patents that Android is allegedly violating, but had been forced to reduce these claims to two patents and between $129 million and $169 million in damages Since the patent claims have been reduced by so much, the case is now mostly about Oracle's copyright claims and whether Oracle can claim copyright on an API specification.