Oracle rejects Google’s patent offer

Oracle has rejected a offer from Google that would ‘streamline’ their ongoing patent dispute because it is too low.

The judge presiding over Oracle’s case against Google, which related to two Java-related patents that Oracle claims are infringed in the Android mobile operating system, had order the two companies to suggest proposals that could streamline next month’s trial.

Google’s offers was to pay Oracle $2.8 million in damages provided that it could prove the two patents in question had been infringed. It also offered to pay 0.5% of the revenue it gets from Android until one of the patents expires in December this year, and then 0.015% until the other one expires in April 2018.

According to Information Age‘s calculations, based on Google’s estimated $2.5 billion annual Android revenue, the sum of these damage would amount to around $17 million. Oracle originally claimed that Google might owe up to $6 billion.

Oracle rejected Google’s offer as it is "lower than Oracle contends is appropriate," California court filings show.

The database giant also rejected Google’s proposal that they waive the right to a jury trial, saying there was still plenty for a jury to decide such as the willfulness of Google’s infringement, reasonable royalty damages for patent and copyright, and lost profits.

Reuters reports that presiding judge William Alsup told the companies on Wednesday that they must reach an out of court settlement before April 13 if they are to avoid a trial.

Alsup said that he was looking forward to the trial if that is not possible. "This is the World Series of [intellectual property] cases," he said.

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