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Oracle turns down Google offer to pay royalties on Android

updated 03:25 pm EDT, Wed March 28, 2012

Oracle thinks Google royalty offer too low

A joint filing by Oracle and Google late Tuesday has revealed that Google offered to pay a per-device royalty on Android devices. Following earlier damages discussions, Google had offered paying 0.5 percent royalties on every device for one Oracle patent until it runs out in December, and 0.15 percent on another only expiring in 2018. It also offered to pay $2.8 million in back payments from 2011 and earlier.

Oracle rejected the combined offer as too low and saw the offer as making it "unilaterally give up its rights" to banning Google from using the Java patents and copyrights at the heart of the lawsuit. Google saw the figures as reflecting what an independent expert, appointed by the court, had determined.

Judge William Alsup on Wednesday also extended an earlier April 9 deadline for a mandatory settlement discussion date to no later than midday on April 13.

The Google offer is the first known so far and contrasts sharply with what it's been willing to offer in the past. Previously, its focus had been almost exclusively on negotiating a lump sum that would take care of both past and future uses. Google has been keen to avoid the case going into trial as it would risk a product ban.

Oracle, meanwhile, has been pressing for as much as possible and only lately has had to back off. At one point, it wanted $2.6 billion or more. Little doubt has existed that Google was aware of its needing a Java license it didn't secure after self-incriminating e-mail surfaced, but the seriousness of the claim has regularly been under dispute, especially as pre-Oracle Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz had no public objections to Google using Java for free. [via Reuters]



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  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007

    +10

    "Google has been keen to

    avoid the case going into trial as it would risk a product ban."

    And huge fine for knowingly and willfully stealing.

  1. facebook_Jeff

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    +4

    .5% of Free

    To my knowlage the Android OS is free so .5% of 0 is 0.
    I wouldn't go for deal like that ether. If it were based on the price value of the hand set say $250 x .5% = 1.25 per phone Google has claimed 100s of 1,000s of sets per week in activations so the $2.8 million in back payments is also quite lite.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    +7

    Priceless

    Legal fees: a few million here or there.
    Damages: $2.6 billion plus or minus.


    Forcing Google to admit they did evil: Priceless.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: .5% of Free

    To my knowlage the Android OS is free so .5% of 0 is 0.

    No, it isn't free. Android's base OS is free, but if you want to use Google's version, with their apps, it'll cost money.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Priceless

    Legal fees: a few million here or there.
    Damages: $2.6 billion plus or minus.

    Forcing Google to admit they did evil: Priceless.


    Ha! They wouldn't admit that.

    Not that it matters, since you are so obvious a hater of all things android you just relish anything and everything anti-android.

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