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29 March 2012, 12:33

Oracle turns down Google's peace offer in Android lawsuit

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After Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal had ordered Oracle and Google to hold another round of talks before the start of their trial, Google has now offered settlement terms that were promptly rejected by Oracle. The company 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 part of Android.

Google had offered Oracle 0.5% of Android revenues until the end of 2012 – at which point Oracle's patent RE38104 expires – and going forward 0.015% of revenues until April of 2018 (based on patent 6,061,520). This deal would have been subject to the fact that Oracle could actually prove violations of these two patents. Oracle, however, turned the offer down as too low.

Patent RE38104 has been declared invalid by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), but Oracle is expected to appeal this verdict. The other patent (6,061,520) has been deemed valid by the USPTO. With Oracle turning down this offer, the trial is most likely set to go ahead on 16 April.


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