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Court Orders Ellison, Page to Pursue Settlement Talks

A judge has ordered Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Google CEO Larry Page to sit down and negotiate a deal before the Oracle-Google Java patent infringement case goes to trial.

According Wall Street Journal, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has given a written order that Ellison and Page must attend a settlement conference on September 19th and should work towards a settlement.

The judge has asked representatives of both the sides to attend a pre-conference tutorial on September 14th.

“By their outside counsel, Oracle shall appear at 9:30AM and Google shall appear at 1:30PM. No party representatives need appear at the tutorial, although they are more than welcome to attend,” the court order read.

Google and Oracle have also been asked to be prepared for more settlement conferences between September 20th and September 30th.

Oracle has accused Google of violating patents related to Java in its Android mobile operating system. Oracle had acquired Java when it had purchased Sun Microsystems and is demanding more than $2 billion in damages from Google.

Google on the other hand is claiming that Oracle is trying to sabotage Android and has said that the money demand by Oracle is too much.