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Google's Offer To Settle Patent Suit With Oracle Over Android Was Rejected

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by Alex Serban
, 30 Mar 2012News

Google's first offer of making peace with Oracle over a patent suit targeted at Android has failed, with the database-software maker rejecting the sum on solid motives. The search giant has tried to lure Oracle out of the trial by sharing Android revenue until these patents end.

When Oracle sued Google for illegal use of Java programming code inside the Android OS, a judge set the show-down date in two weeks from now - on April 16th. Running low on time in order to resolve the matter, Google was given a short amount of time to talk Oracle out of the trial and shake-hands outside the court, for the two patents the company was charged of breaking.

Unfortunately, Google's offer was a bit too low, as Oracle officials' state. It seems the search giant proposed to share 0.5 per cent of Android revenue until the first patent expired in December this year, while adding 0.015 per cent share until April 2018, when the other one ended as well. In sterling, that would total approximately £1.76 million ($2.8 million).

Oracle's reaction was more than predictable, with the company declining the offer in hopes of receiving a larger sum in the future. This could mean a counter-offer from Google, or the judge's verdict.

Keep in mind that when Oracle sued Google in 2010, a copyright infringement was also added to the list, which could possibly result around the 'hundreds of millions' mark. This would really increase the company's share value, already on the rise compared to last year.

Source: Reuters

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