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Google may want to settle in Oracle's Android lawsuit

updated 08:10 pm EDT, Wed July 20, 2011

Google hopes to speed along Oracle Java suit

Google in a joint reply Wednesday gave signs that it was willing to settle Oracle's lawsuit over Java in Android. After repeatedly trying to reject any claims, Google asked for the case claims to be narrowed down so it could negotiate an "informal resolution," or a settlement. It's unclear whether Oracle was at all receptive to the idea.

Oracle has wanted at least $2.6 billion and may make it difficult for Google to reduce the amount to something it might be willing to pay. Google is waiting on two reexaminations of Oracle's Java patent claims that may help determining its next course.

Neither side wants the case to go on for an extended period. Oracle in the reply used Google's own rapid growth against it, saying that its 500,000 Android activations per day and its hiring of current or former Oracle and Sun staff like James Gosling were proof the damage was only getting worse.

Google has had a difficult time defending itself over the course of the lawsuit. Instances have surfaced of seemingly directly borrowed Java code in a number of phone manufacturers' implementations of Android, in a few cases with holdover Sun trademarks intact. Android is inherently based around a custom implementation of Java and faces an increased, though not necessarily inherent, risk.

The mobile OS developer is facing assaults on all sides through complaints against its partners, including from Apple and Microsoft. They as well as Oracle are effectively hoping to give Android an inherently high price to both profit from its success and discourage its use. [via Florian Mueller]



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  1. facebook_Alex

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    Just my opinion...

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, BetaOffer.com

  1. Bobfozz

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    these sales morons

    are unbelievable and when they try to sell something they lie as much as the people they write about. This guy is a jerk. Is there a way MacNN can catch them before they start their shuck and jive?

  1. chefpastry

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    Don't settle

    I hope Oracle doesn't settle. I want to see Larry Ellison burn Google.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    they'll settle

    If anyone doesn't think Oracle is 'evil' they just haven't ever worked with Oracle. I did for a decade - don't get me started.

    Oracle will settle if they think Google is offering them more than the Court would. If not, they won't. It's just going to be about the math.

    But there is a reason for Oracle to settle - the last thing they want to do is actually derail Android. That would kill future earnings - and they are business and they'd like recurring future revenues. That's overall better than getting just 2.6 billion one time.

    After all Oracle doesn't otherwise have a phone business. Now the likelihood of Apple settling - not very high.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

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    The IP thieves of Mountain View

    are gonna get seriously burned one of these days. I guess they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar this time.

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