Google and Oracle settlement talks fail; dispute now heads back to court

Google and Oracle settlement talks fail; dispute now heads back to court
Back in 2010, Oracle accused Google of using Java's API without licensing it from them. Google claimed that API's can't be patented and while the lower court agreed, that decision was partially reversed two years ago. Since then, the Supreme Court remanded the case back to the lower court for trial. Oracle, claiming that Google has made $22 billion from Android over the years, is seeking $9.3 billion from the search giant. Only $475 million of that figure is for actual damages, while the remaining $8.83 billion covers profits Google made from selling mobile ads and apps over Android.

With Google already announcing that it would use the open source JavaJDK with Android N, both sides decided to sit down prior to the trial to see if they could hash things out. After sitting and talking together for six hours, a settlement unfortunately could not get hammered out. No future settlement talks are scheduled.

This was actually the second attempt by Google and Oracle to settle the case out of court. But as the court pointed out after the latest settlement failure, "some cases just need to be tried." This is apparently one of them. Now, both sides will return to court next month to see which one of them can get a jury to see things in its favor.

source: BusinessInsider


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